Window Or Aisle

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It’s a simple question. Window or aisle? But the selection may have major implications to your flight comfort and experience.

Going through my profile preferences I was reminded of my prior preference and the impact it had on my travel experience last year.

Going forward, the question is to keep as a window preference or switch to an aisle preference.

Window Or Aisle?

My preference has been to select a window seat. It don’t care if it’s bulk head first class, comfort plus, or last row in coach, I like to see out the window where I’m going or coming from.

When in first class, I prefer the last row or second to last row for a few reasons. When in coach or comfort plus, my only rule is to avoid the guillotine seat on the MD-88. I’ve gone as far as to switch flights or call the Medallion desk when I was assigned that terrible seat. Nothing worse than having an engine hustling just a few feet from your head.

But I must admit, Aisle is tempting. I can’t count the number of time I’ve Inconvenienced a middle seat or Aisle seat by needing to get up and “stretch my legs” on longer flights. It’s always nice to have the extra room in the Aisle and the ability to get up at your leisure.

However, I’ve been on a number of flight when wifi is unusable and there is no entertainment, and am stuck in a random aisle seat. In those instances I’d prefer the window.

Bottom Line

So the big question for 2017 is, window Or Aisle? I’m about to make my profile selection. Have you? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. If I am traveling alone on a short flight or have a short connection time I go for the aisle seat.

    If I am traveling with another person or it is a long flight I prefer the window. Its easier for me to fall asleep. And then I dont get bumped by everyone going up and down the aisle.

  2. Aisle, always. Bring a Kindle and learn to enjoy reading! I can get a touch claustrophobic and being able to stand up and get out as needed helps. The ideal, of course, is the window/aisle seat of a single by the window up front.

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