Attempt it. Ask the individual alongside you which camp they fall into and they’ll not just answer without the slightest hesitation, they’ll in all probability dispatch into a much-practiced speech in the matter of why.
Obviously, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Seat by the window travelers have a strong surface to twist up against and fantastic perspectives to look out finished, but at the same time they’re blockaded into their seats – compelled to make an irritation of themselves each time they have to get up and utilize the lavatory.
Passengers with an aisle seat, on the other hand, have the freedom to move around the plane as often as they desire, plus a little more room to stretch their legs out into the gangway. But there’s always the danger that when they’ll finally managed, against all odds, to nod off on a long-haul flight, they’ll be woken by a neighbour who needs to clamber over them – or have their kneecap shattered by an errant drinks trolley.
What does your choice say about you?
Practicalities aside – most admit that their seating preference all comes down to one thing: whether they’d prefer to wake or be woken, disturb or be disturbed.
Some can’t bear the awkward and apologetic exchange when they must disturb not just one but invariably two fellow human beings should they need to escape the confines of their seat, while others have no problem with it.
Dr Becky Spelman, chief psychologist at Harley Street’s Private Therapy Clinic tells Telegraph Travel: “Passengers who favour 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. They also like to ‘nest’ and prefer to exist in their own bubble.”
It makes sense then, she says, that those who prefer the aisle are more likely to be of a reserved nature, less irritable and more considerate of others. That, or they’re a claustrophobia or simply the victim of a weak bladder.
“Champions of the window seat tend to be more selfish,” she says. “As well as less anxious, seasoned flyers who are more confident in disturbing others.
“Aisle passengers are often more sociable and definitely more amenable as people. They are also more likely to be restless flyers and less adept at sleeping on planes.”
Whichever camp you fall into, however, it’s the source of much contention.