Naturally, Anthony Bourdain fears no travel, no flight, and no remote destination. In fact, he has no problem sleeping on planes, and even says he has a kind of Pavlovian response that connects his sleep impulse with strapping into a seatbelt.
And it's his eagerness and ability to sleep on planes, he says, that dictates his preferred choice of seat on an aircraft. Asked in a Forbes interview about his preference for aisle versus window, he said, "Window, if you just want to sleep undisturbed. I'm a sleeper. I want to crash out. I've been doing this for years."
Indeed it's a practice he's developed over a lifetime of frequent flying. "I've been getting on planes for 200 days a year," he said. "As soon as I smell jet fuel, I'm out. I'm asleep for takeoff. I'm asleep for landing. I'm all about the window. I can wedge my head between the seat and the window during takeoff and fall asleep very nicely."
To twist the knife for people who have trouble falling asleep on planes — and insomniacs who have trouble falling asleep anywhere — Bourdain continued: "Once I wake up in the air, I go back and as close to flat as the airline allows me. Nobody's stepping over me." Except for on the occasional highly rated Asian airline, such as the oft-lauded Singapore, he's not interested in waking to eat either — there's plenty of time for that on the ground.
Now as far as people who prefer aisle seats? Well, Bourdain says, those are "if you've got a weak bladder." In other words, they're for travelers with less of the physical and emotional fortitude and stamina than Bourdain is well known to possess.
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