There are more benefits to be had in the window seat than not, but for those who may need to get up and move around more, or know they’ll need to visit the facilities more often, or just want to keep working, stick to the aisle seats. For everybody else, if possible, opt for a window seat, and here’s why:
No One Climbs Over the Person in the Window Seat
Yep, that’s right. For those who have no problem sitting longer, the window seat is ideal. People in aisle seats almost always need to get up and move out of the way when people in the middle or window seat need to get out, but not the window seat occupant.
Views to Open the Eyes
Unless a person does a lot of traveling on airplanes, the view from high above offers a different perspective, making it possible to see large portions of cities, oceans, deserts, forest, or other landscapes from a tiny airplane window.
Sometimes the view may just be of clouds, but even then, a rainstorm in the distance may be visible or a mountain peak may jut up against the sunlight. The view changes slowly through the flight and could include sunrise or sunset, city lights at night, or herds of wildlife racing across an animal reserve in Africa.
Airlines often pack as many seats in as possible, so sometimes in coach or economy sections seating can be in close quarters. The window seat usually allows at least a few extra inches of shoulder and arm room on the side of the window. Aisle seats offer that for the opposite shoulder, but aisles also have people passing by and airline trolleys wheeling through, borrowing that extra few inches frequently.
Popular Views for Window Seat Lovers
According to CNN airline pilots say that popular flights for those in window seats include Vancouver British Columbia, NY LaGuardia, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Sydney. Anchorage, Alaska, has mountaintops that seem to almost hold the airplane up as it takes off or lands. Reagan National in DC brings planes in over the Potomac River, riding low, and allows those on the left side of the plane to get gorgeous views of the National Mall, the Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Memorial.
The downside to a window seat – airlines know how popular they are and have begun to charge extra for the privilege of sitting in one. Weigh the options and make a choice that fits what is needed and will be comfortable while still affordable.