TORONTO — There are two types of air passengers: aisle or window people. If you’re a middle seat person, consider yourself an anomaly.
Everyone has their own reasons as to why they prefer aisle or window, but did you know that your seat preference can actually determine your personality?
A recent article published in The Telegraph theorizes that people who pick the window seat are more selfish than those who pick the aisle seat. According to Dr. Becky Spelman, chief psychologist at Harley Street’s Private Therapy Clinic, passengers who prefer the window seat want to be able to walk around the plane and stretch their legs, and aren’t afraid of disturbing their seatmates if they need to get up.
As such, it’s assumed that window-people like to be in control and “tend to take an ‘every man for themselves’ attitude towards life,” said Spelman. She also said they are are more easily irritable and “prefer to exist in their own bubble”.
On the other hand, people who prefer the aisle are more reserved, less irritable and more considerate of others because they would rather be woken up than wake and disturb others.
So which group is more popular: window or aisle? A 2016 study by Expedia found that 34% of passengers were willing to pay extra to secure a window seat, compared to just 15% who would pay for an aisle seat.
Which camp do you fall into?