questionswhen you fly, do you prefer a window, aisle or…

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Aisle seat.

I can get out quicker if I need to take out a terrorist...or get more peanuts!

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Have a good trip!

We are leaving Tuesday and we're flying Southwest, also. Window seats are the best for the same reasons as stated. When traveling with only two people we like the exit row on the right side of the plane - it only has two seats (even though it has no "window" seat). Don't forget to check in at the 24 hour mark to get a good place in line :-)

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For shorter flights, window seats. For longer flights, consider an aisle seat. You should be hydrating, so you will probably need to use the rest room, and a window is a pain in that respect. That, and getting up and stretching from time to time is important to prevent deep vein thrombisis (blood clots). Middle seats are the absolute worst: I'll do whatever it takes to NOT get stuck with one.

Of course, it doesn't matter if you are in First Class. But then, you wouldn't be spending time in this place if you had that kind of dough.

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Always an aisle seat and usually the extra $20 to sit in the exit row too.

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@theoneill555: Thanks! You too.

The process of online check-in was what prompted me to ask the question, so I'm good to go for tomorrow's flight. Although some of our group might be a bit upset. I only have the confirmation code for the sub-group that I'm in, so I could only check in part of our total group. Looks like some of us will get to board early on and the rest will be stuck with whatever seats are left. Opportunities for lessons in being prepared, being patient and being content with what you get for our younger kids on the trip (and adults who sometimes act like younger kids. :) ).

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I'm 6' 7", aisle all the way...

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Being a taller fellow, I will take an aisle seat every time. More leg room.

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My preference is similar to others. I prefer the aisle so I can stretch, have easy access to the overhead bin if I need something, and can head to the bathroom without having people move. Of course, that comes with pitfalls- having to move when other people need to head to the bathroom or need something from the overhead bin, getting hit by the beverage cart, etc. But I take my chances as the benefits out-weight negatives, in my opinion.

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@sully51 or @theselected: This is something that I've never quite understood (I'm 5'5.5", so leg room's not really an issue for me). How do you get more leg room on the aisle? Is that just because you can stick your feet out into the aisle? Don't you worry about people tripping over your feet? Isn't it annoying to have to move them whenever any of the carts come through the aisle?

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Depends on the plane, the row, if I'm traveling alone and how crowded the flight is.

On smaller planes, where the curve of the sides is greater, I don't like the window as much (broad shoulders, etc.)

Windows seats not over a wing get a plus for view.

Aisle seats get a plus for convenience (not having to bother someone I don't know to get out). This is not a factor if I'm traveling with someone.

Window seats get a plus for convenience (not being bothered by someone wanting to get out).

Recently, I've been on smaller planes, flying alone, so I've been going for aisle seats.

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Window or aisle, never middle.

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First class or co-pilot seat.

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Window, exit row or bulkhead as I am 6'4"

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@gt0163c: Yeah, I stick my feet out under the corner of the seat in front of me, so they don't stick out terribly much into the aisle.

The carts aren't really an issue... they come around once or twice at most during any flight I take (live in the Midwest). As for people, since the flights are not usually more than a few hours, I haven't really noticed a lot of people going to the bathroom. Most people would prefer to wait till they land and use a real restroom.

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Does anyone actually like the middle seat? It's really something be endured, and as my most common traveling companion is significantly larger I get stuck there more often. :( Middle seats are evil. But which bothers you more - are you likely to get annoyed by people asking you to get up because you like to sleep on planes? Take the window. Are you the one constantly asking to get up - OR - do you ever get motion sickness? Aisle all the way. Agreed that the ability to stretch your legs in the aisle occasionally, even if you don't get up, is good for tall people or people with too much junk under the seat in front. I do hate the checked bag fees - seems like I always have to put my reasonably sized bag under the seat since the overheads are full of as big as allowed bags.

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I like window seats too. I almost never get up and hate being woken up by folks who need to get up frequently.

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Window seat; always. Being able to see out of the window lessens my claustrophobia.

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@sully51: That makes sense. I hadn't thought about being able to stick your feet into/under/across the corner of the seat. I guess that's less frowned upon from the aisle, as you're not putting your feet and legs into the person next to you's space.
Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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The airport closest to where I live is often served by EmbraerJets. If I'm on the left side of the aisle, I get a window and an aisle seat, as there is only one seat on that side of the aisle.

I honestly don't remember the last time I was on a plane large enough to have a middle seat. That said, I actually prefer the window seat even though I'm 6'3". I prefer the window because I can sleep by leaning in to the wall of the plane - useful since it seems that seats don't recline much anymore. I just need something soft to squeeze between my head and the wall, and I'm OK.

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Window or isle, exit row please.

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Aisle if I'm flying alone. If I'm flying with people I know I'll take the Window or aisle. It's weird to climb over strangers, but not your friends!

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Window for long flights so I can sleep against the bulkhead. Aisle for shorter flights so I can get off a bit faster. When traveling with someone I book an aisle and window in the same row and hope no one takes the middle. If they do we swap them.

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Window. Always window. Then I can lean away from the strange person next to me and not have them touching me.

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Window seat every time. I have picked up the habit of sleeping on planes, and the window seat is easier to fall asleep in for my personally, because I can lean against the side of the cabin. The airport where NewUniversity is only gets serviced by little puddle-jumper craft which actually have a 1-2 configuration, one seat on one side, two on the other. The solo seat is then effectively an aisle AND window seat.

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I used to prefer window, because it's much easier to fall asleep if you have that side to lean on. But I'm 6'3", and as airlines have squeezed more and more rows onto most planes at the cost of legroom, I have resorted to usually taking an aisle seat, so I can stretch a tiny bit more. But yes, it's a little annoying having to lean my shoulder in towards the middle as the cart goes by, but that only happens maybe twice per flight, so no big deal.

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Not middle camp. I prefer the window but middle only when flying with someone.

I took the middle the couple times I flew with kids, trap them in the window seat and let them look out!

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Feet do not belong in the aisle.

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Depends on the time of day. If it's a nighttime/early AM flight, I like taking the window seat so I can nap without being woken up by people needing to get out (with the bulkhead as a bonus headrest if the window's situated right relative to the seat).

If it's a daytime flight, I probably won't nap, so I'll take the aisle seat because I'M the one probably getting up and moving around midflight.

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I'm one of those unfortunate folks blessed with lifelong motion sickness issues (although when flying I think it has more to do with cabin pressure and inner ear problems). An aisle seat seems to help as it reduces that claustrophobic feeling and makes it easier to dash to the tiny little airplane restroom, if necessary. As so many people seem to prefer the aisle seat, I frequently have a tough time getting one no matter how far in advance I book a flight indicating this preference, and no matter how I beg someone to swap (even when explaining that this might be preferable for them than having to sit next to someone using one of those nasty little bags). The WORST seats are in the middle of a middle row on a wide-body plane. Those seats have no overhead air vent to direct on your face if you're feeling bad (or just hot). Urgh!

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Windows are 1st choice... Aisle if no windows are available near the wing... The plane pivots at the wing and the further you move from that point the more likely you are to suffer motion sickness...
I suffered the center seat in the center group of seats on a 747 flying to Korea from LA... I survived the 17 hours between two large (round) individuals...

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aisle. Back row or exit row, in right side exit row I'll take the window so I don't have a seat in front of me.