This Is What Picking a Window Seat on an Airplane Says About Your Personality

Choosing between a window seat or an aisle seat isn't just about comfort and convenience.

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Take a second glance at your recent airplane seat choices. Do you tend to gravitate towards the aisle or the window? While window seats offer great views and a cozy resting spot against the cabin wall, sitting in the aisle allows you to conveniently stand, stretch, or go to the restroom without bothering your fellow seatmates.

But choosing between a window or an aisle seat isn’t just about comfort and convenience. It could also reveal something important about your personality, psychologists say.

If you’re one of the majority of fliers who prefer the window seat, we have some bad news: It could be a sign that you’re selfish. “Passengers who favor 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,” Dr. Becky Spelman, chief psychologist at Harley Street’s Private Therapy Clinic, told The Telegraph. “They also like to ‘nest’ and prefer to exist in their own bubble.” No matter where you sit, you’re more likely to cry on a plane than on the ground.

On the flip side, those who prefer the aisle seat may have a more reserved personality. “Aisle passengers are often more sociable and definitely more amenable as people; they are also more likely to be restless fliers and less adept at sleeping on planes,” behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings said. (But neither window nor aisle seats are always the safest seat on an airplane.)

You may choose your airplane seat based on other considerations, of course. For instance, this is the best seat on an airplane for every type of need. Travel experience and income level could also determine your seat selection. According to a 2014 survey, those who fly often tend to prefer the aisle, and those with higher incomes also preferred aisle seats.

But what about the ever-homely middle seat? Window and aisle-seaters are actually missing out. Surprisingly enough, the middle seat could be the roomiest seat on the plane.

[Source: Travel+Leisure]

Brooke Nelson
Brooke Nelson is a researcher at PBS FRONTLINE in Boston, Massachusetts, and writes regularly about travel, health, and culture news for Reader’s Digest. Previously she was a staff writer at Reader's Digest. Her articles have also appeared on MSN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance, among other sites. She earned a BA in international relations from Hendrix College. Follow her on Twitter @BrookeTNelson.