My preference for a window or an aisle seat on the airplane has changed over the years. It used to be window no matter what. I like looking out the window as we take off and land, snapping pictures of clouds and sunsets, and most of all, it is nice to have something on the side to lean on when you are cramped up in a small area.
Nowadays I make my decision depending on the flight and whether if I am traveling alone or with someone.
If I am traveling alone and it is a long international flight, I will go for the aisle. I like to keep myself hydrated by drinking lots of liquid but I have a small bladder, so it is more convenient to be able to get up whenever I need to without having to bother the person next to me.
When it is not a full flight, I like to request for an aisle seat in the middle section of the plane where the seat next to me hasn’t been occupied. Many people do not like to sit in the middle, so there is a possibility of me getting two seats to myself. It is great to have the extra space to stretch or to put your legs up. Of course, it would be perfect if I can get a window seat and an empty seat or two next to me. It happened a few times and I loved it.
I had one unforgettable experience on the plane many years ago. It was an international flight from Seoul to JFK. I was sitting by the window next to this old and a bit over-weight Asian man, who had his puppy in a cage, placed right in front of his seat. ( I guess that was allowed back then).
The first time I got up to use the bathroom, he was already showing dismay. It took effort for him to get out of his seat. He warned me before I got up not to step on the dog crate. Fine, I can leap over it!
The second time after my bladder could no longer take it, I gently tapped on the sleeping man’s shoulder. This time he refused to get up and signaled me to step on the arm rests to get out! I was upset but amused at the same time by this unbelievable request of his. I shook my head and lifted up my foot to step on the pet carrier to get out, he immediately unbuckled his seat belt and probably cursed me out in his language.
This is one story I will always remember. 🙂
What about you? Window or Aisle? And do you have any in-flight stories on share?