Today, when everything is getting more compact – including the plane seats – the armrest question becomes especially important. Who actually owns this small piece of furniture? What if we are talking about three or more seats? Our short article will help you deal with this issue using etiquette.
Which armrest is yours?
The thing is an armrest is both a part of your seat and the other passenger’s. So both of you can use it. If you try placing your elbow further back, there will be enough place left for the other person to use it too. With three and more seats, it’s a good idea to let the middle passenger be the first to choose his part of the armrest. This seems reasonable because he doesn’t have the window or the aisle.
How do you ask for your piece of armrest?
If the other passenger places his elbows in the middle or the front part, you can ask: “Is it OK, if we share this space and I put my elbow here?”
What if the other passenger elbows you?
Someone can elbow you if you share a very close space. The best way to cope with this situation is by addressing you request with words, instead of answering with your own elbow. For example, you can say: “Could you please be more careful with your elbow? It pushes me considerably.”
What if he loses his temper?
If this happens, call the flight attendant right away. But of course, it’s best to decide the conflict without involving the third party.