Plane passenger sparks debate about flight etiquette – and hundreds respond

By now we all know there are certain things you should and shouldn't do when travelling on a plane.

We've seen passengers come under fire for breaking flight etiquette and hanging their wet swimming costumes out to dry and putting their bare feet up on seats.

But what are the rules when it comes to something as basic as armrests?

This is the question that has sparked a furious debate on Twitter after an American show started a poll asking if the person in the middle seat gets both armrests.

More than 107,000 people took part in the Rich Eisen Show's poll, with hundreds of people voicing their opinions in the comments, explaining why they voted the way they did.

Many chose to quote comedian Jim Jeffries, saying: "When you're on an airplane, there's a thing called 'plane etiquette' and it goes like this. Window gets an armrest and a wall. Middle gets two armrests. Aisle gets an armrest and a little bit of extra legroom. We're not animals. We live in a society."

Those that agreed with this comment went on to say how giving up the armrests to the person in the middle was a "rule of travel", because their seat was worse than yours.

Someone else commented: "No one picks to be in the middle seat, they end up there when there's no other option. Out of just how bad the seat is, I think giving them the arm rest is the sporting thing to do."

Though of course not everyone agreed, former NFL player Ross Tucker replied: "Not if they're sitting next to me, that's for sure."

Another argued: "I think everyone on the right of the plane gets the left-hand armrest and everyone on the left of the plane get the right-hand armrest. NO ONE gets both."

The final result of the poll saw 53 percent of people vote no to giving the person in the middle both armrests – this was the winning option.

However the number of votes were very close, with 47 percent declaring that the middle person "definitely" should have both.

Where do you stand on the debate? Let us know in the comments below.

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