The thread about choosing seats on a plane reminded me of a minor occurrence some years back.
When I fly, which used to be quite often for work, I have long known that it is best for me to avoid window seats generally. The reason being that a glimpse out of the window has often been a trigger for anxiety - I know flying is generally safe, but some vestigial part of my brain will start saying "should not be in the air". So I try for an aisle seat, and if none are available, I choose a middle seat.
It has infrequently happened that I none the less am in a window seat. In such cases, i prefer to pull down the window cover. Once, when flying from a location I don't specifically recall - though do recall it wasn't one I would have thought particularly scenic from the air - a woman asked me to raise the window cover so her child could see the view on take off. I honestly do not remember if I did or did not agree to do so - I would have been uncomfortable in either case, deny someone a view or avoid an anxiety trigger.
If I were in that situation again, I think I would decline to raise the window cover, or offer to change seats, explaining I did not care to have a view while flying.
Was wondering what e-hellion views are on the subject of airplane window views - the windows have covers, but what is reasonable etiquette regarding the use of same?