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Is Armrest Etiquette a Thing?

The humble airplane armrest: who is entitled to them, and is there an etiquette to abide by?

Is everyone on the same page here?

Controversial, I know.

A quick Google search leads me to believe that etiquette exists. Apparently, those lucky enough to sit in the window seat get their own armrest. Although the aisle seats aren’t quite as favoured, they too have an armrest to themselves. Usually, this leaves two armrests for the poor sod/s in the middle.

But how often do people play by these unwritten rules?

How many times have you been landed with the middle seat on an airplane, only to find that the coveted armrests are already taken up by your neighbours?

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