Some people are aisle seats. They want the extra room leaning into the aisle, and want to control their own destiny, getting up to the lavatory whenever they want without someone else having to get int he way.
Other people are window seats. They want to gaze out at the clouds and the world below, musing on the beauty and grace of flying above the earth, something humans were unable to do throughout most of recorded history.
Either way it’s important to secure the seat you want before your flight, or else you may wind up disappointed like this American Airlines passenger in Charlotte. He was heading to Fort Lauderdale and didn’t get the window seat he wanted. And he just could not handle it.
Another passenger shot video of the man, now shirtless and with pants hanging down below the top of his underwear, as he paced back and forth to the boarding door and began trashing the gate area. He toppled the sign where people line up in group numbers to board.
He got in more than one employee’s face, and ranted at no one in particular in the C12 gate area… before officers responded to arrest him.
The best strategy is to book your window seat when you buy your ticket. That can cost extra, although American Airlines does a reasonable job of making free seat assignments available in advance (and paid seats available to basic economy customers).
Sometimes a change of aircraft means you lose your seat assignment, which is why it’s important to ‘garden your reservation’ and check on any changes that happen after you’ve booked but before your date of travel.
And if your flight is cancelled, and you get rebooked, you’re only able to access whatever is left over – which may not be much on a nearly sold out flight. Even there it’s better to try to trade with another passenger on board – maybe you have an aisle seat someone wants, or you could top off your middle seat with $20 to the person next to you.
$20 seem like a lot? It’s far less than what this passenger will wind up spending after his confrontation with law enforcement, and he still doesn’t get where he’s going – or get to look out the window on this flight, or perhaps even on any future American Airlines flight.