People reclining on airplanes

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Your opinion of reclining on airplanes? (When someone sits behind you.)
    I don't recline, and I hate people who do enough that I'd use a device to stop them. : (55 votes)
    20 %
    I don't usually recline, and I would ask someone else not to. : (18 votes)
    6 %
    I don't usually recline, but I don't care much if someone else does. : (36 votes)
    13 %
    I recline a little, to take a nap, but sit up straight the rest of the time. : (50 votes)
    18 %
    I recline because the person in front of me does it. : (34 votes)
    12 %
    I recline, but I ask the person behind me first. : (5 votes)
    2 %
    I spent most/all of the flight reclined as I please - the seats are meant to do that! : (78 votes)
    28 %
    I would use a device to stop someone from reclining and then recline myself because I am pure evil. : (6 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    1381 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I recline because it’s easier on my back, but I don’t recline all the way back. Honestly, you can’t recline that much in those seats anyway. I’ve never been bothered by people reclining in front of me either.

    Post # 4
    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I do it and I hate it at the same time. I hate it in the same way I hate everything else about flying. It can’t be helped, and I would never do anything to stop the person in front of me from reclining. 

    Post # 5
    7289 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I hate seat back clutchers more than recliners. You know the ones that grab your seat back and usually your hair when they are getting out of their seat or as they walk along the aisle. Especially annoying when you are asleep.

    But I do hate recliners who do it during meal times. Dude I am trying to eat my meal stop playing with your seat.

    But mostly I blame the airlines. They are the ones that are making the leg and under seat room shrink year by year.

    Post # 6
    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Bebealways:  I’m in agreement with you. As a person who spends A LOT of times on planes (married to a pilot) it doesn’t bother me when people recline their seats after all they are made to recline. I don’t always do it myself but when I do I would be really annoyed if someone tried to stop me from doing it. And I would certainly involve the flight attendants if need be because reclinging a seat is allowed on airplanes, you’re not in your living room you don’t get to tell someone else what to do with their seat.

    Post # 7
    430 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I don’t recline on airplanes, but that is because I am most comfortable sitting upright. I often pull my knees in to my chest and fall asleep curled up in a ball – no reclining necessary! That said, if I am massively uncomfortable I would recline slightly if the person behind me was asleep or didn’t mind me doing so. I’m not a big person and don’t really get affected if people in front of me recline their seat.

    I would take offense to someone using a device to stop me from reclining. The chairs are meant to recline, and if you’re that entitled that nobody in front of you can be comfortable, then I think you should spend the extra money and sit in first class.  You aren’t the only one on the aircraft and refusing someone comfort is ignorant and selfish.

    Post # 8
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I hate people who recline. Hate hate hate. I have been resting my head on my tray before and had people SLAM back down on my head. Not cool. Even if I’m sitting back and they suddenly slam it down, I’m super freaking annoyed. It gets in my way.

    I recline very slightly. I don’t go all the way back. And when I do recline, I move my seat slowly.

    That said, I would never ask someone not to recline or use a device to stop it. As much as it annoys me, it’s their right.

    Also, for my next flight next week I reserved a seat behind the exit since those seats don’t recline. No one in my lap!

    Post # 9
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I recline for the entire flight. Not all the way, just enough to be more comfortable. I don’t care about the person in front of me, unless they are constantly going back and forth it doesn’t bother me. 

    because of the anti nausea meds I take I am usually asleep for the majority if the flight.

    Post # 11
    5160 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m tall so I hate it when people decline.  On most airplanes it makes it so that I cannot reach the stuff under the seat in front of me and has their seat litterally pressing into my knees (dependson the airline though).  Unluckily for me I fly a lot, but luckily it’s usually only a 2 hour flight.

    When it comes to reclining my own seat, I only do this when:

    1) there is no one behind me

    2) if the person behind me has reclined their seat – becasue then they deserve some of their own medicine!  Yes, I engage in vengence declining.

    If I were taking big international flights it might be different. On international flights you are usually on a bigger plane with more space anyway, so it’s probably not as bad as on the tiny planes they use for short hauls.

    Post # 12
    1103 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m not big on reclining, it’s not any more comfortable to me really. I usually doze in the regular upright position fir about an hour then read. 

    Post # 13
    115 posts
    Blushing bee

    I fly between Europe and Australia 3-4 times a year… and I absolutely hate it when people fully recline. I think it’s completely fine to recline a bit but to put your seat right back as soon as you sit down is just extremely rude. I’m not tall but I have had several flights when my legs have gotten very sore due to not being able to straighten them at all. Nowadays I usually always pay extra to have a front row seat…

    Post # 14
    67 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    @Bebealways:  I dont mind people reclining. But some BASIC COURTESY would be nice. Like if people recline super fast without warning I’ve had my drink spill. And once I had my laptop open on the seat tray and they reclined very fast and dented my laptop. 

    Post # 15
    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I don’t recline and I don’t like it when the people in front of me do either. I don’t care how long the flight is, I do not want you in my lap. 

    Post # 16
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Bebealways:  I would be really bad without meds.  The drowsiness is a plus though, the flight goes by a lot faster when you are asleep for more than half of it.  I’ve usually been on early morning flights, so combine that with my inability to sleep before a trip and the drowsiness of the meds I have passed out within minutes of sitting down, slept through the safety demo and takeoff, then woke up 2-3 hours later!

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