If you are the person who selects the middle seat on an airplane, stop reading right now.
For all the rest of us who purposely pick an aisle spot, how on earth do you handle the seat mate who sticks to the middle one when instead, he could take the window and give both of you space?
I encountered such a situation on an overnight haul to Ireland from a gentleman who had a tremendous fear of flying and needed the closeness of another breathing body. In fact, he told me his situation before we took off and promised not to distrub me further - he didn't .
You can't help but have compassion for those who are uncomfortable flying. It's the right thing to do.
If more flying encounters would aim for kindness and less pushiness, we would have a better travel environment.