Yes, I'm the one you pass by in the front row of economy in the emergency exit aisle, who paid $50 extra dollars to sit in this seat. So, if this plane is going down, it's up to me to save everyone. I'm hoping you get what i paid for! I am bothered by the fact that they never considered these "choice" seats in the past. It was kind of a fair trade off, you save everyone on the plane by operating the emergency exit and the airline will give you a little more room to stretch your legs. But, you already know i went ahead and paid to sit there anyway. So, as you walk by, you are asking yourself why this woman paid extra to sit in a seat with no extra storage and every baby on the flight is in the middle row next to her? Well, first of all i like babies, so that's all good. Second, I really don't like to fly. I get claustrophobic , so space in front of me helps calm that impulse. Also, i have control issues (see related blog). I am not in control of this flight and how we are getting to our destination! However, recognizing that my operating the plane would not assure a better outcome than leaving it to the pilots that actually know how to fly, pretty much neutralizes that concern. That's settled.
I really love to travel. I just find it's unfortunate that where I want to go sometimes requires an airplane for expediency. (I don't have unlimited vacation time sadly.) I will put off planning these kind of trips because of my anxiety around flying. I just don't find sitting in a closed environment on hard small seats for hours as a source of joy in my life. Ultimately, my desire to explore, and really my other bigger fear: fomo!(fear of missing out), motivates me to take that step. So, i go ahead and book the flight for new horizons! Then i start to look at the seating chart for more leg room. Wow, can't believe no one has scooped up those "choice" seats? Lucky me!
"Are you able, in the event of an emergency, to operate this exit door?" ugh.
I've got to try the seat behind me next time.