What does your seat choice say about your personality?
"Aisle or window?" an age-old question when you are traveling by plane. Did you know that your answer can be a reflection of your personality? At least that's what Dr. Becky Spelman and behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings says.
Window sitters or aisle hangers
These two camps directly oppose each other. Window sitters see the aisle hangers as crazy. On the other side of the debate, the aisle hangers are just as determined in their choice. Give it a try, ask the person next to you where they prefer to sit. You will see that everyone has an answer ready. You can get to know someone very well from this simple question!
But what is it all about really? As it turns out, according to a Telegraph interview with two psychologists, ople who prefer the aisle seat are generally more social than those who prefer window seats. "Passengers who prefer to sit by the window like to be in control. They have an 'everyone for themselves' attitude in daily life and can quickly get annoyed by little things", says Becky Spelman, chief psychologist at a private clinic. "They prefer to be in their own bubble and create a 'nest' for themselves."
This sounds quite logical. On the window side, you can claim your personal space more easily by turning away, escaping from the confines of the plane for a moment by staring outside and dreaming.
Behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees with Spelman, "Those who prefer aisle seats are often more social and approachable, but also restless flyers who are less able to sleep on airplanes". This too can be seen in practice. People often walk along the aisle and the aisle hanger can talk to them. If you can't sleep on an airplane, then it's a better position to chat with your fellow passengers, who also stay awake.
Seat selection obviously has to do with more than one factor. A Quartz survey has shown that the more often you fly, the more inclined you are to sit in an aisle seat.
What if you prefer to be in the middle? In general, the middle seat is the least popular. Yet there are people who prefer it. According to psychologist Brian Little, Ph.D. middle seat seekers are outgoing. "These are people who like social contact." Middle seaters don't mind sharing their personal bubble with others. Although, sometimes this can be irritating to the window sitters.
Choose your own seat
Are you sure you have your favorite seat? On many of our flights you can choose your seat in advance. If the company offers this, you will be offered the choice before you pay. Buttons for choosing a seat location will appear in the overview.