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    Window near the front, but I don't mind aisle if it's a short-ish flight. I HATE having to wait to get off.

    I've flown a bunch of puddle-jumpers that had two seats on one side and ONE seat on the other. I always choose the single seat!

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    Aisle for any flight where I'm staying awake. Window if I plan to sleep. My favorite row is the one two rows ahead of the emergency exits. I can still adjust the seat back and it's not too far from the front washroom.
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    I'm a little surprised at people preferring to sit in the back of the plane. I think it's noisy and I always feel claustrophobic in the back rows. I prefer to sit in front of the wings and although I like the window best, I'm fine with the aisle.

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    I am such a nervous flyer. I hate the takeoffs, and I don't want to look out the window at all until we're practically on the ground. Landings don't bother me like takeoffs do. I always want an aisle seat as close to the front as possible!

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    Window seat in the back row for me, thanks! Mostly because, especially on domestics, no-one else likes to sit there, so sometimes (as was the case when I flew to Melbourne this year), you get the whole row to yourself and can spread out a bit!

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    The aisle seats make me more claustrophobic than the middle seat - people banging their carryons into the overhead bins, the service cart and people constantly up and down to the bathroom, the picking up of trash, and then the battle to get carryons and out of the plane. At least in the middle seat, I only have to carve out my personal space once in my mind - I know where the edges are and can adjust in my mindset.
    I prefer a window seat because of the extra space between the seat and the wall of the plane, but don't like to look out the window. In the back of the plane, I am usually not pushed out to the aisle because someone needs to get out and the baby/toddler cries are projected forward so I don't get bother as much by that noise plus I don't have someone kicking the back of my seat

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    If it's a two hours or less flight then I love the window seat, especially if I know that the scene outside will be fantastic. On overseas flight, I got to have an aisle seat, and I don't even care if it's right by the bathroom. I'm one of those annoying people that get up multiple times during a flight because I cannot sleep, cannot sit still for a long time and usually need to pee often. If I'm stuck between seats during long flight then my mind keep thinking about how I'm going to get to the bathroom to pee, LOL.

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    The worst seat I've ever had on a plane was the last row. It abutted a wall and I could not recline the seat at all. The person in front of me did recline and thus I had very little room. My head was shoved forward by the stupid headrest which does not fit short people correctly, and I had a terrible neckache by the end of the flight. The second worst seat on an airplane is the one in front of the emergency exit row because that seat also does not recline.

    I encountered a situation once when in the last row (when they used to serve meals) where they ran out of meals! I've also seen where there is only one meal choice left. So it is better to sit further up in the plane to get better food choices.

    Before selecting a seat on a long flight, I usually look at the seat map and plan to get a window and as much leg room and carryon room as possible. Sometimes there are rows with fewer seats to accomodate curvature of the plane, and you can get a bit more unused space around those seats.

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    The best seat on international carriers is an aisle seat nearest the galley. It's the most convenient for getting additional free glasses of wine during the flight!

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    I usually prefer a window seat. If I was alone, I'd probably just sit there and wait for the impatient rude people to get the heck off the plane before I even tried to stand up.

    I remember traveling with Mom one time. She's frail, has had a stroke, and (at the time) used a cane (Now of course she's pretty much wheelchair bound). Anyway, because of her condition, we qualified for early boarding. You know, the ones who need extra time to get into their seats. Since Mom couldn't really walk far back into the plane, we had seats near the front. So, I sat down and scooted over to the window seat, then Mom sat down on the aisle seat as I moved to help her scoot over to the middle. Some young girl came rushing up, and when Mom sat down on the aisle seat, she actually started to climb over Mom to get to the middle seat (which was pre-assigned to Mom on our tickets). I ignored the girl, and made sure she heard me tell Mom how I'd help her scoot into her seat. As soon as Mom moved over, the girl plopped herself into the aisle seat. When we landed, the plane wasn't even at the gate when she bounced out of the seat and scurried to the exit. If she hadn't been alone and carrying nothing (not even a backpack), I would have wondered if she was on the Amazing Race or something. I always wondered what qualified her for early boarding. She sure looked physically fit to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatfoote View Post
    I always wondered what qualified her for early boarding. She sure looked physically fit to me!
    Probably a terminal case of, "I'm more important than anyone else."

    I'd rather have a seat in the front half of the plane, especially if I have a tight connection, but the best trip I ever had was with the rowdy bunch in the last three rows. I do like an aisle seat on the left of the aisle. I have a small issue with my right knee and if I sit on that side of the aisle, I can stretch it out occasionally. I also have a problem with motion sickness and don't ever look out the window. I can manage it if I do (and don't do) certain things, looking out a window is a big "don't do!"
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    I'm 6 feet tall, so I like the aisle so I can at least stretch my legs out a bit every now and then, although I hate having to get up to let people out, so I'll usually take a window seat. On short flights I don't need to get up myself, so I crunch myself in my seat and stay put until it's time to deplane. If I'm in a situation where my flight plans are altered at the last minute (canceled flight, missed connection, etc -- thanks Atlanta ) I don't care where I sit, just get me on the damn plane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    Probably a terminal case of, "I'm more important than anyone else."
    Ha, once I was flying from DC to Milwaukee and Airtran sometimes will let you pre-board if you don't have any wheeled baggage that might need to be gatechecked (i.e. just a backpack or something light). These two women - they looked like mother and daughter - hurried to the front of the line, lugging these HUGE wheeled suitcases that probably came within a mm of needing to be checked. Needless to say, they were turned away for early boarding.

    Then when I was flying back from Milwaukee, the flight attendant announced that they were now gate checking all large bags and anyone without such a bag could board now, and to my surprise I saw the EXACT same two women, with the EXACT same huge bags, rushing and pushing to the front of the line again. Unsurprisingly, they were turned away again.

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    If possible I prefer to NOT have carry-on. I just don't like the hassle of trying to get it up and down from the overhead bins. It irritates me when I get hit on the head by others jumping up to take their over sized carry-ons out before the plane doors open. And yes the carry-ons are over sized if you have to slam it in the overhead a billion times to get the doors to close.

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    Horrible flight tonight. Stuck in the middle of the very back row with a rather large woman in the window seat taking up my space and a beefy guy on the aisle. I had a window seat but due to "operational reasons" they changed planes and reallocated everyone to other seats. And then it was an hour late. Not my usual airline but it is a work trip.
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    Window if short flight. Aisle if travelling alone and on long journeys because I don't like squeezing in between seats to get out! And definitely don't like to sit near toilets!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    the best trip I ever had was with the rowdy bunch in the last three rows.
    I had an experience like that, too. My friend had given me her free drink coupon book because it was set to expire before she'd be able to use it. I turned to the gentleman next to me and said, "Pardon me, but do you like adult beverages?" He said, "Why yes, I do!" Then a man sitting in front of us chimed in that he did, too. I wound up distributing the tickets amongst the last two rows and it turned into a party. That was the only time I ever wished a flight would last longer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev Johnston View Post
    I had an experience like that, too. My friend had given me her free drink coupon book because it was set to expire before she'd be able to use it. I turned to the gentleman next to me and said, "Pardon me, but do you like adult beverages?" He said, "Why yes, I do!" Then a man sitting in front of us chimed in that he did, too. I wound up distributing the tickets amongst the last two rows and it turned into a party. That was the only time I ever wished a flight would last longer!
    Okay, so this isn't about flights- but I had a bunch of coupons for free hot dogs and beer at a hockey game and it took me asking FIVE people before I found someone who would take them (and then they were thrilled). Three of those people were actually in line and paid for their hot dog + beer. It was absolutely bizarre. Who turns down free beer? (Well, me, since I don't drink... but I took my free hot dog! I just couldn't eat 10 in one game!)


    As for party flights- I once was on a flight that wasn't entirely full, and sitting near the front. A flight attendant came up to me and said "the lady in the back wants you to come sit with her." I had NO idea who this girl was. Turns out she was a friend of my fiancee (who I was going to visit) and she was also flying to the air force base to visit her boyfriend. We had a blast talking the whole time. But I had to give up my aisle for a window...

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    I was in the States a few weeks ago and on my flight back from Los Angeles to London (somewhere between 9 and 10 hours), the woman in front of me (who must have been about five feet tall) shoved her seat back literally as soon as the seatbelt sign went off and only lifted it during the time she was forced to for meals. To make things worse, I have pretty long legs for my height and my knees weren't far off the back of the seat - when she pushed it back they were touching. It was at this point that she decided that perhaps I was impeding her from getting her seat as far back as it would go and she started passive-aggressively ramming her seat continuously backwards into my knees as though I was somehow deliberately holding up her seat! I was ready to reach forward and strangle her by the end of the flight she was so selfish. It didn't help matters that she continuously complained loudly to her boyfriend (who spent most of the flight with ear plugs in, probably out of self defence) about how cramped and uncomfortable she was, which cracked me up since the poor bloke was at least six feet tall and was certainly having a harder time with leg room than she was.

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    My Dad is six foot six and there's no two ways about it - he NEEDS the exit row when he flies.

    It's extraordinary how difficult it is for him to get it. He's no old guy either - he would DEFINITELY be able to open the door in an emergency!

    We were flying back from Melbourne together one time, and no matter what we said to the staff, they would not change him to exit row. He was stuck in an aisle seat, legs folded up to his ears just about. As we were sitting there waiting for the passengers to get on, three little dumpy old ladies (seriously, they were five foot nothing if that!) trotted onto the plane and perched happily in the exit row. Dad almost exploded.

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