Post # 1
Today one of my friends on Facebook posted their annoyance at the person in front of him reclining their seat during a daytime flight, which started a HUGE debate!
So what do the bees think? Is it rude to “luxuriate” at the expense of the person behind you by reclining your seat, or is reclining your seat your right (not just a privilege) as an airplane passenger and the person behind you just has to deal?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
@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
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
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 # 10
In my Facebook friend’s case, he says he was trying to get some work done on his laptop during the flight, but the person infront of him reclined, which made that impossible for him.
Post # 11
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
@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
I fly a lot and I’ve never been on a plane with seats that recline more than 2 inches.
Post # 14
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
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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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.