(Closed) Is reclining your seat on an airplane rude, or is it a right?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Reclining your seat during a daytime flight is...
    Rude : (161 votes)
    34 %
    a Right : (288 votes)
    60 %
    Other (Please post!) : (28 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    LOL good question!!! 

    It sucks being reclined on…but I think it’s a right.  Airplanes aren’t comfortable and if someone can sleep through it more power to them!

    Post # 4
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    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think there is a line. It is rude to lean your seat all the way back where the tray table won’t even open for the person behind you but a couple inches of recline is okay. And I’m not subtle. If the person in front of me leans into my knees, they will feel them every 1-2 minutes stabbing them until they get the hint to move their chair forward slightly. 

    Post # 5
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    9950 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    To me it’s rude to intrude into another person’s personal space strictly for your own comfort.

    If I were in this situation I would politely ask the person behind me if it would be ok if I reclined my seat slightly.

    If someone reclined their seat too far back into me, you better believe they’d be hearing about it.

    Post # 6
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    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’d wouldn’t say it’s rude and I would never ask anyone not to do it, but I always hate it when the person in front of me does it. I’ve got some long legs and my knees already slam up against the seat without it reclining, so pushing it back even further just makes an already uncomfortable ride even worse.

    Post # 7
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    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @chasesgirl:  what plane is this? I want to get on it. I’ve never had more than what, two inches of recliner-ness.

    Post # 8
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    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Being super short, i have NO room to even cross my legs when someone reclines. I cant imagine if you were tall!! So in my books, rude. 

    Post # 9
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    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    I always do it and I never even considered that it might be rude…oops.

    Those seats are  brutal and uncomfortable and reclining 2 inches doesnt make a big difference in my opinion.

    Post # 11
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    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think it depends on the length of the flight. Anything less than 2 hours, I think you should just deal with your confined space and suck it up. If you’re on a cross-country or international flight where you’re reclining to nap/sleep, that’s a different story. But even then, please put your seat back up when you’re awake! Especially during meal times when people need access to their trays!

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @strawbs: KLM airbuses are super comfy! Way better than any 747. And perhaps inches is generous. But the point was that SOME recline is okay but just be concious if there is someone behind you who already doesn’t fit in the seats and doesn’t have $500 extra for business class. 

    Post # 13
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    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I fly a lot and I’ve never been on a plane with seats that recline more than 2 inches.

    Post # 14
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    1130 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I play it by ear. If the person behind me is already hurting for leg room (e.g. a super tall person) I won’t recline, or will only recline a couple inches. Otherwise, I will recline just a bit. Usually not all the way though. It can be a bit cramped with the person in front of you reclines, but you never know if they have back problems, need to sleep before a long day ahead of them or what, so I just let it go.

    Post # 15
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    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I would look at the person behind me. If they were reclined, I’d probably assume it was ok as long as they weren’t large or tall enough that my seat would cause them discomfort.

    Post # 16
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    9181 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    They recline for a reason – to be reclined!  I pretty much always recline my seat, and I don’t care if the person in front of me reclines theirs.  

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