Aug 11, 2010

The Aisle Seat Shuffle

It's your turn to decide what the metro etiquette should be in this situation.  You're sitting in an aisle seat in a train that has a number of people standing in the aisles (not jam packed like sardines... yet).

On The Outside Looking In
Image from DC Metro People

The person in the window seat asks to get up to leave at the stop before yours.  Now you're left lurking in the aisle deciding what to do next since you've only got to go one more stop.  You know you can't be a seat hog and just sit back down in the aisle seat with an empty window seat.


Do you scoot over to the window seat and have someone sit next to you only to surprise them and ask to exit a minute later?  Do you advertise that the window seat is free and try to get someone to sit down so you can end up back in the aisle seat?  Do you keep standing in the aisle hoping that somehow two people will squeeze by you to take up both of the seats?  Or do you have a totally different approach that I haven't thought of?

And how would that change if it's just for two stops?

11 comments:

  1. You keep standing, and move closer to the door. Honestly, only in DC would this be an issue.

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  2. For one stop? Yup, keep standing. Or sit down sideways for a moment with your legs in the aisle.

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  3. You stay on your feet and move toward the door behind everyone currently exiting. That puts you nearer the door for your exit and leaves the seat wide open to the inevitable small-children-toting tourists.

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  4. I get up and move away from the seat so 2 people who have been standing may sit. I mean, it's only one more stop.

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  5. how fat are you?

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  6. I generally keep standing, though if I'm particularly weary, I don't really see any harm in sliding over to the window seat. I also don't really consider just sitting in an aisle seat to be seat hogging, unless you fill up the window seat with your bag or laptop. Socially awkward? A little… But outright seat hog, nah. Not a major confrontation to get at the seat…

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  7. Yeah, agree with the resounding chorus: Just keep standing. I always just move towards the door opposite of the one that's opening.

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  8. I definitely don't understand this concept that sitting in an aisle seat with an open window seat is seat hogging. I am perfectly willing to move to let someone sit in the window seat. However, I get violently motion sick so the window seat is not a good place for me. People need to get over themselves.

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  9. I'm going to sit in the isle seat from now on.
    Tonight a fat black man sits next to me, and asks me to move in a bit more to the window. He's already squishing me against the side of the train. I said there's no space and he just pushes me right against the window. I push him back, but he's to fat to move. So I shout out watch your space you fat f!#k, I next say to him get up I'm moving your're too fat. If I hadn't of moved it would of ended in a fight, and I would of stabbed him, because I had a knife on me.

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