“Would you like the window or the aisle seat?” It’s an age-old question since flying began and will no doubt be continuously asked. Why? because there is no right answer. It may seem a trivial question but when you’ve booked that two day journey to Australia with the whole family and your flight includes layovers and seat changes galore, it becomes much more important. So which is it – window or aisle seat? Here are the pros and cons of each to help you decide.
Regardless of where you are flying, being that high up in the air is bound to get you a breathtaking view (even if it’s just of the sky.) Often the view of the world below can be the best part of your journey and is why window seats are normally the most popular.
It’s no secret sleeping on a plane is difficult. Sometimes all the blowup pillows and leg space in the world can’t send you off. Not everyone can fall asleep in a semi-upright position, even if your airline has semi-comfortable seating. This is why one of the best parts of getting a window seat is leaning on it for a potentially more comfortable sleeping position.
Controller of light
You’ve managed to get a window seat and at some point, during your flight, the sun has reached window level. Unlike those in the aisle seat you have the power to lower your window shade whenever you choose throughout the flight. This is potentially a major luxury as you can close it whenever you decide to sleep or decide to leave it open if you want some light for reading etc.
Stay as you are
This can be seen as a pro and a con. Yeah ok, you have to shuffle out your row if you need to use the bathroom. But you can stay in your seat for the rest of the flight and not move a muscle for any other passengers (unlike middle and aisle seaters who have to get up for you.)
Lets face it if you suffer from claustrophobia then the window seat isn’t for you. Pushed up to the side of the plane with a stranger placed next to you could make you feel rather enclosed and uncomfortable, especially with the outside view teasing you from the side.
Your window seat could be colder than others if it’s near a vent as most usually are. This might not bother some as layers and blankets can keep you warm, but for a long-haul flight, the cold could become annoying.
Difficult bathroom access
A potential deal-breaker when deciding on a window seat. Limited bathroom access means you have to pluck up the courage to ask those sat next to you to get up and let you out. What if they’re asleep? What if they get annoyed and give me a dirty look? All questions that could run through your mind when deciding on whether to ask. Some might not mind asking but in a long-haul fight, this ordeal may be too annoying/stressful to bother with a window seat.
Easy bathroom access
With an aisle seat, you don’t have to ask anyone to move in order to allow you to access the bathrooms. That’s right feel free to get up and use the bathroom facilities as many times as you like. This is one big pro for those on long international flights.
If there’s no food/drink carts travelling up and down the aisle you have the ability to stretch out your legs a bit more. This may come in handy if you have long legs or if you sleep more comfortably when stretched out. It may not seem like a big pro but on long-haul flights comfort is key.
Overhead baggage accessibility
So you’ve just sat down and are all prepared for your flight, but you accidentally left a book in your hand luggage in the overhead cabins. You have an aisle seat, so it’s not a problem. Feel free to get up and fish out whatever you need from your bag whenever the seatbelt sign is switched off on your flight.
Being sat on the aisle and having access to the overhead baggage could mean your one of the first ones to get off the plane. This comes in handy if you’re looking to save time in order to catch a connecting flight.
Limited window view
Sadly if you have an aisle seat you could miss out on some beautiful views from down below and cabin windows are normally on the small side. However, this may be a plus for those who are scared of heights or are not particularly fond of flying.
Can’t sit still
If you’re sat in an aisle seat the likelihood is that you will have to get up for the other passengers in your row to use the bathroom or stretch their legs. If you don’t mind being disturbed then this shouldn’t be an issue but if you’re looking to sleep or be left alone then maybe it’s not the seat for you.
Annoying drink/food carts
You may find throughout your flight food/drinks carts pass through the aisle often and in the process could bump into you or run over your foot if you happen to be enjoying some extra legroom and are obstructing their path.
No flight is perfect but it will get you from A to B, and hopefully whichever seat you pick, depending on your needs, can make the journey that bit more comfortable. So which seat do you prefer? Tell me in the comments below.