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.