It’s probably the most annoying thing of all when it comes to flying. And everyone wants to make sure that he or she doesn’t get THAT seat.
The middle seat.
There’s nothing more horrible than getting that seat, especially when you are having a long-haul flight and know you are not able to get another one in the next six or even seven hours. And with that, a never ending debate starts to kick in. It’s usually expressed by how much one tries to occupy one, or both, of the armrests during the flight. The one who has the middle seat or has the window/aisle seat?
Flight attendants, frequent flyers, airline managers, travel bloggers, travel journalists do all agree: The armrests belong to those who have the middle seat. A rather small compensation for the literal pain that passengers get, it’s certainly not common sense to follow this unwritten rule.
- The math is simple. A row has three seats but just got four armrests. Therefore, someone gains and someone needs to compromise. To hope that someone wouldn’t hop on the plane at the last minute and therefore you have some more space is a rather unlikely event. Most airlines make sure that all the seats are being booked.
- If both the aisle and the window passenger would use both armrests, there would be no space or chance at all that the middle passenger can gain space or comfort at all during the flight. Who wants to be in that position? So give yourself the courtesy and provide that one armrest to the middle passenger.
- Some airlines either provide “extra-space” seats or let you choose a seat you want for a few bucks. It’s always worth to consider this option. I personally make sure that I either sit on the window or aisle seat (mostly the ladder one, i drink too much coffee and water). If you do that, it can significantly increase your overall flight experience.