The Middle Seat

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.

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12 thoughts on “The Middle Seat

  1. It is a wonderful metaphor about life in general. Thanks for sharing your insights and your humor.
    With best wishes, Karin (-currently trying to make peace with being in the metaphorical middle seat)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind feedback! Actually when I was writing this post I was thinking about the physical middle seat, but now I can see it being applied to a metaphorical middle seat as well. Wow, you have impressive critical thinking and analysis skills! 😀

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  2. I love your insightful post on the middle seat. My husband and I fly, a relatively short flight, to Jamaica a few times a year. One or the other of us always has the middle seat. We usually sit in the back of the plane if we have a choice…we like to be near the restrooms. We are silly I know, but I hate feeling conspicuous walking down that aisle all the way to the back, and it never fails, I need to use the facilities when the snack cart is completely blocking the aisle. Great post.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind feedback! 🙂 And I don’t think you and your husband are incredibly silly for choosing to sit near the back. Walking down the aisle is almost like walking down a runway because everyone’s eyes are on you! Yes, and the struggle of the large snack carts! I understand and sympathize with awkward flight situations.

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