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Psychologist Reveals What Your Preferred Choice Of Seating On A Flight Says About You

Are You A Window, Middle or Aisle Person?

We’re finally travelling again after two years of staying very close to home and that means we’re getting on airplanes and picking our seats. Which seat do you want to sit in on the plane? Window, middle or aisle? It turns out that your choice of seat may say more about you than you think.

There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to seat choice but each choice does say something different.


Let’s choose that beautiful aisle seat where you’re able to make a quick exit to the bathroom without bothering anybody but where you’re bound to cop a couple of shoulder barges from flight attendants rushing down the aisle. What the aisle says about you is that you’re the sort of person who would rather have people bother you than you bother other people.

It’s the introvert’s seat of choice. You don’t want to have to ask somebody to move so you can get up and go to the bathroom. You’d much rather they have to ask you. You’re the sort of person who would do anything to avoid that middle seat. Speaking of which.


You want to sit in between two people. You want to share an armrest. You want to have to ask somebody to move and be asked to move by somebody. If you chose to sit in the middle, there’s no two ways about it, you’re an extravert.

According to Professor Jonathan Baker, who is a psychologist working at the University of Washington, if you want that middle seat that means you are easy-going. You’re not too fussed about the world, you can make friends easy, and sharing that much personal space with others is no skin off your back.


Now we all know why you think you’ve chosen the window seat. It’s for the view! Is it? Or is it because, as psychologist Dr Beck Spelman told The UK Telegraph, you’re self-absorbed. “Passengers who favour the window seat like to be in control, tend to have a ‘every man for themselves’ attitude towards life, and are often more easily irritable.”

Sorry if this is the first time you’re learning this about yourself. Although, maybe it is because you like to see all the cars and houses get smaller on the way up and get bigger on the way back down.

If you let the airline choose your seat and don’t try to pick your own, well, there’s no information on what that says about you, but it doesn’t seem normal.