I remember briefly mentioning the Middle Seat when discussing in-flight etiquette earlier. You know, the seat between the window and aisle seats on airplanes? Why am I capitalizing “Middle Seat”? Because that’s the topic for today’s discussion.
Oh, the Middle Seat. Awkwardly sandwiched between the two best possible seats on a flight. Most of us detest the middle seat because it forces us to sit in close proximity with strangers, and, God forbid, have us associate with them.
We also dislike the Middle Seat, well because, it’s not the window or aisle seat. With the window seat, you can get an unobstructed view of the monotonous, but beautiful scenery of the clouds. As if that weren’t enough, you can also effectively turn to face the wall on your immediate right or left (Depending where you are sitting) to remove yourself from any conversation with fellow passengers.
On the other hand, the aisle seat seems like a pretty great option as well. For one thing, you have the ability to slightly increase your available leg space by stretching them out into the main aisle (When no one’s walking on it, of course). But wait, there’s more! You also have the shining ability to get up and stretch your legs without having to ask your row mates to stand up to let you pass!
Alas, at all of these valid points, our poor Middle Seat seems to be bested at every turn. But wait! Allow me to make a case in favor of our infamous flight friend!
Perhaps having a discussion with the two people beside you may not be such a bad thing. Maybe this way you’ll learn something new or broaden your intellectual horizons in some way, shape, or form.
And to be fair to the Middle Seat, you still have a decent view out the window! Just because the person next to you is closer to it doesn’t make the sky less blue or the clouds less vaporous!
If you are currently in the Middle Seat and my discussion has not persuaded you of its positive attributes in the slightest, then hang in there, buddy. I hope you get to wherever you’re going soon.