There is nothing more polarizing than your choice of seat on a plane.
You can split the population into two camps: those who love the window seat; and those who prefer the aisle (nobody in their right mind chooses the middle).
Those in the window seat camp will argue that you not only get to admire the view, you also get a firm surface to lean against while you sleep – and you’re in control of the window shade. No lolling heads and being jolted awake by blinding light!
Meanwhile, those of who prefer the aisle street will argue that they get more leg-room when they stretch their legs down the aisle, and they have the freedom to go to the toilet whenever they like.
But according to psychologists, there is more to your seat preference than mere practicalities.
“Passengers who favour the window seat like to be in control, tend to take an ‘every man for themselves’ attitude towards life, and are often more easily irritable,"explains Dr Becky Spelman of Harley Street’s Private Therapy Clinic. "They also like to ‘nest’ and prefer to exist in their own bubble.”
However, those who prefer the aisle seats are more likely to be introverts, less irritable and more considerate of others. They hate the idea of waking up others when they need to go to the toilet.
“Aisle passengers are often more sociable and definitely more amenable as people,” agrees behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings. “They are also more likely to be restless flyers and less adept at sleeping on planes.”