There was a time when I loved the middle seat. In fact, I have fond childhood memories of riding there, in the front seat of the latest Lincoln Continental that Granddaddy purchased for Granny. They would position me between them – atop the armrest so that I could get a better view of our surroundings during my summer visits. It was the perfect space. Unfortunately, I’ve outgrown the coziness of sitting in the middle, whether in a car or airplane.
When it comes to air travel, most adults dread being assigned a middle seat. If your boarding pass reflects such an assignment and the row remains full after the forward door has closed, remember these considerations for a more comfortable flight:
• Use the restroom before boarding the plane. Hopefully, that will save you from having to do so again before reaching your destination.
• You’re allowed use of both armrests. If you’d like to share them, offer the forward or rear portion of the armrests to your neighbors.
• Make good use of the overhead compartments to maximize your space. You’re likely 31-34 inches away from the row in front of you and squeezed into a 17-inch seat. Give yourself more legroom by storing your carry-ons overhead.
My fingers are crossed that your requests for a window or aisle seat on your next flight are honored. In case they’re not, I’m sure these tips will improve the scenario of being stuck in the middle.