Why people prefer the window seat

Ask any stranger on the street whether they prefer the aisle or the window seat and you can guarantee a quick-fire response.

By The Daily Telegraph in London
  • Published 21.10.17
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London: Ask any stranger on the street whether they prefer the aisle or the window seat and you can guarantee a quick-fire response.

There is no grey area in this comically divisive debate. Window-devotees consider people who favour the aisle to be barking mad, and aisle-devotees are just as incredulous. Try it. Ask the person next to you which camp they fall into and they'll not only answer without a second thought, they will launch into a soliloquy as to why.

Mark Vanhoenacker, British Airways pilot and author of How to Land a Plane, remarks: "When I ask friends to describe what kind of air traveller they are - window seat or aisle? - they usually respond with a certainty that suggests they figured out this air travel lark the very first time they got on a plane."

Of course, there are pros and cons to both. Window seat passengers have a solid surface to curl up against and unbeatable views to gaze out over, but they're also barricaded into their seats - forced to make a nuisance of themselves every time they need to get up and use the bathroom.