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Discussion: airplane seats

in: bl; bl > 2016-03-22

Mar 23, 2016 1:57 AM # 
Back when I did most of my traveling solo, I always opted for a window, loved to see the scenery. Now that I mostly travel with Rhonda, I have adapted to middle seats, as she is adamant about the aisle. All those good views, just out of reach.
Mar 23, 2016 4:36 PM # 
Nice shot of Chicago. You got my house in there somewhere, slightly left of Sears Tower (black tower on left w two white antennae) and a bit further out.

I think it was the Viet Nam war that caused air travel to become routine and boring for most Americans. Before that conflict, large movements went by troop transport at sea. But during my service period (1964-'67) I was jetted across the Pacific numerous times, became accustomed to it, and continued jet travel when I returned to civilian life.

Spending a couple days on the train going from California to Pennsylvania, as I did all through college, was suddenly unacceptably slow. However in recent years, tonyf has caused me to reconsider. Going by jet may be faster, but by train I'd reduce my carbon footprint by 90% !! Quite amazing.
Mar 23, 2016 5:51 PM # 
If it's just Glen and me, two across, I always pick the window...never gets old unless it's cloudy. The few times I travel alone I choose aisle for ease of getting up/moving around (and less claustrophobic). If I can't see out, so be it.
Mar 23, 2016 5:53 PM # 
Looks like you flew out of Midway, not the airport which is actually a city all by itself. :-)
Mar 23, 2016 6:11 PM # 
Sure, it's Midway. The wingtip is a big clue, anyway. They don't go to the other place.
Mar 23, 2016 7:52 PM # 
Like Charlie, I used to always take the window when flying alone. Now I let Lyn have the window and I take the Middle. The way the seats are structured, the middle has much wider foot room than the others so room for longer legs. She doesn't worry about that.
Mar 23, 2016 10:13 PM # 
Had a window seat once in the very last row on the left side. It was trans-Atlantic and I'm pretty sure 4 in the row. Feeling fenced in, I had to fight off claustrophobia. A jet with a piano bar...never set foot in one of those. Booze, carefree, time flies.

I flew a military flight facing aft in a windowless transport plane in the service.
Mar 23, 2016 11:54 PM # 
I had a middle seat on a Pan Am 747SP, the short stocky variant, from Tokyo to JFK, 12 hours. That was the 5 across section and was very closed in. Later we were able to do the long flights in business class, not then. That was tedious. But we had spent three weeks in the boondocks of China and just wanted to get home. Those were the days before any kind of communication worked - no phone, no telex, no fax and cell phone! Not invented yet. Felt very lonely as no one knew where we were nor could we call for help. No way out. Smile a lot and don't piss anyone off.
Mar 25, 2016 6:29 PM # 
Ha! How about a 747SP to Australia, upgraded from Business class to top deck 1st. That plane was a combo freight carrier and had 40 head of cattle in the back -- behind the cattle stuck in coach. The pilot explained we might hear mooing on the journey.

Yes, I remember the early 747's with sofas in the back. The Baltimore-Seattle nonstops were mostly empty, so I'd go back and lounge there for the flight.
Mar 26, 2016 12:30 AM # 
Another Beijing trip, we got to Tokyo to board our flight. It was just after another full 747 had pulled away. Ours must have been for positioning and was almost empty. We had full rows to ourselves, the stews were completely bored and brought excellent meals as we wanted. No cattle car that time.
Mar 26, 2016 3:40 AM # 
The good old days. When the "stews" learned it was my birthday, some 40+ years ago, they presented me with a bottle of wine upon departure.

Mooing on the journey is hard to beat, unless of course, the captain says "fasten parachutes, time to jump"...

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