Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Don't climb over me, thanks

Submitted by Lily S.

Not so much of a story but I guess a bit of a rant.

I can't understand the people who sit in an empty row of seats on the train and instead of sliding in towards the window, they maintain their position in the aisle seat. Now this doesn't pose much of a problem on empty trains or off-peak hours, but there's been numerous times I've seen when the train gets full and there's people standing all around while the lone empty window seat remains unoccupied, all the while the aisle seat elitist appears to not have a clue as to what's going on.

Move Over.

Don't make me crawl over you to sit down.

Move Over.

Or at least get up to let someone get into the window seat.

Additionally, what happens to people's basic etiquette on the train? When I happen to be seated in an aisle seat (and of course there's someone seated in the window seat) and the window seat occupant's stop arrives, more times than not, instead of a polite "excuse me", "out please" or even "move" all I get is the person pressing his/her body into mine alerting me that they want out. Perhaps I should become the reverse "aisle seat elitist" and instead make people climb over me to get out.


Todd said...

I have a different point of view. I get off at Pickering so when I take an express train I prefer an aisle seat so I don't have to disturb people upon my exit. I feel it's better to have them slide into the window seat at union vs me having to disturb their sleep or reading at Pickering. I always make room for people to access the window seat, but I'm amazed at how many people don't even try.

TomW said...

1) If you're in an aisle seat and someone wants to get past, the best thing you can do is rotate 90 degrees so your legs are in the aisle. Press your legs into teh seat moves yoru knees about 5mm, which, let's face it, doesn't do much for ease of access.

2) I have to carry a laregish heavy bag with me. If I sit by the window, either it goes on my lap (uncomfortable for me), goes under the seat and sticks out so my feet invade the space of the person opposite, or goes in front of my legs with the same result. So, I alwasy it on the aisle, and put my bad there when we pull out of Union (but put it briefly on my lap for stops).

My (and Todd's) point is: people often have good reasons for sitting in aisles. They should still move when asked nicely.

Lily S. said...

Thanks for your point of views. I feel satiated now knowing how others feel.