Nearly all airline passengers prefer an aisle or window seat over a middle seat when flying. The benefits are obvious.
As for me, I admit my preference is an aisle seat when flying. Nothing wrong with window seats but I prefer the extra room, even a little, that comes with sitting in the seat closest to the aisle. Also, I enjoy the freedom to get up and roam, visit the lav whenever I choose, and speak with flight attendants when they are not busy.
Of course, choosing an aisle seat means the window seat passengers controls the window shades. I am okay with this but I do not understand something. Why do passengers in this seat keep the shade up when they are sleeping? I see this on nearly all flights, whether daytime or redeyes – even internationals. Even more amazing to me are those who keep the shade up and put on an eyeshade, then go to sleep.
Even if you are awake, what do you expect to see at 36,000 feet above mother earth? I can understand looking at the Grand Canyon or snow-capped mountains or the pizza farms as you fly out west, though it’s difficult to see much.
When I have a window seat, the shade is down (or down most of the way). It makes it easier to sleep or if I am working on my laptop, it cuts down on the glare. This also helps other passengers in similar situations. Want to read? Just turn on the overhead reading light.
I realize not all passengers are seated at window seats out of preference. Some who have the seat by default have told me they want the shade up because they are claustrophobic. Others say they sleep with the shades open at home so they do the same in the air.
Okay, I get this but given that I fly perhaps a hundred segments each year, are there really this many people who fit the above criteria? There just has to be more reasons. I am not trying to be critical here, just trying to learn. If you have a window seat and prefer having the shade up, my curiosity is asking why.
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