Middle Seat on the Plane? I'd Rather ...

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2009 5:28 AM CDT
No middle seats here.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Nobody likes the middle seat on an airplane, and a recent study shows fliers would rather endure some novel discomforts than sit squeezed between two seatmates. BlackBook runs down a few—as well as what's particularly unpleasant about the middle seat.

  • 56% of respondents would rather have their teeth drilled at the dentist's.
  • 54% would prefer a doctor's visit to the middle seat.
  • 20% of fliers would spend the night at an airport hotel for a chance at an aisle seat the next day.

And why is the middle seat so onerous?

  • 83% hate crawling over a seatmate to get to the bathroom.
  • 80% fear squishing by generously proportioned passengers on either side.
  • 71% can't find a good place to rest their weary heads.
  • 65% think fellow fliers will snoop on personal or work info—understandable, because 49% of respondents admit snooping on their neighbors.
For more survey results, and info on the "strange 1%" who prefer the middle seat, click the link below.