European air travellers prefer to gaze out at the landscape miles below rather than watching the comings and goings of flight attendants, according to a survey from easyJet.
According to the low-cost carrier, 59% of those surveyed said they preferred window seats. Only 38% of respondents said they preferred sitting next to the aisle. Somewhat puzzlingly, 3% of passengers said they prefer center seats.
Among nationalities, the Portuguese were the most likely to choose window seats (80%). Window seats are the top choice of 66% of French people surveyed, of whom 31% prefer the aisle.
The survey also studied the question by age group, concluding that travellers under 25 are the most likely to choose a window seat (76%), where they can take pictures of the aerial view. In general, the preference for the window side can be explained by access to the view of the clouds and the landscape below during the flight.
Fans of aisle seats appreciate the ability to stretch their legs a little more and can avoid climbing over their fellow travellers on the way to the lavatory.
The survey also revealed another interesting preference: passengers generally prefer the right side of the plane to the left, and rows 6 and 7 are generally filled more quickly than the others. Row 19, on the other hand, tends to be avoided by travellers.
A total of 10,000 European travellers were surveyed for the study.