Way back when, windows and seats on planes were in alignment and each row of seats usually had one window per row on each side of the plane. That went out the proverbial window when airlines decided to squeeze as many people as possible into their planes. It makes for more rows, which, in turn, makes for a misaligned distribution of windows.
You might have one window in your row, or possibly one and a half, or maybe only half of a window, and sometimes none at all.
So what happens when a window winds up being between two rows of seats and the person in front wants the window shade one way and the person in the back wants it another way?
Well, an argument about that very thing happened and, of course, someone videotaped it. Take a look:
According to the caption, all windows on the plane had to be open for descent, as per the airline’s request (the bottom of this post explains why they may specifically want the windows open or closed). So in this case, the guy in the back was in the wrong.
But let’s say that wasn’t the case and the window shade position was up to the passengers. If a window is between two rows, who has ownership and gets to decide if the window shade should stay up or down? What do you think?
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