Who is entitled to each of the plane armrests has long been a source of contention amongst passengers.
After all, if you’re in the middle seat and the people either side of you have chosen to use two armrests, that leaves you with none at all.
But if you’re next to the window or aisle, are you only allowed to use one armrest?
If you’re going to do the British thing and tut as someone hogs your armrest, you’d better be certain you’re entitled to it.
Luckily, one flight attendant has come forward to share the rules of plane seat etiquette – and it’s good news for those in the middle seat.
Amanda Pleva told FlyerTalk: "This one has always been a hot topic, and the etiquette needs to be put out there in black and white so we can put it to bed for good. Ladies and gentlemen, here are your armrest assignments.
"Aisle: Aisle armrest only. Window: Window armrest. Middle: Both armrests.
"Should the row not be configured with a window armrest, then the window passenger gets the one closer to the aisle, and the middle passenger forfeits that one. And only that one."
It’s not just Amanda who holds the belief – there seems to be a general consensus amongst flight attendants that the person in the middle seat has priority for using the two middle armrests.
Although the rule is not set in stone, it’s generally accepted as proper plane seat etiquette.
Of course if you’re sat on the aisle or window seat and spot that they’re not using them, you could always ask politely and see if they mind you using one.
After all, you are sitting in what is arguably the least comfortable of the three seats; you don’t get a view or wall to lean on, and you don’t get the aisle space to stretch your legs or feel a little less enclosed.
Of course, if you are travelling with friends and family, then feel free to share the armrest space.
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