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

posted 7 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 # 92
    Member
    687 posts
    Busy bee

    @les105:  Thanks for the info. I haven’t flown in 4 years so I’m a little behind the times.

    Post # 93
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    7172 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I think it’s rude…. the only time I do it is on a red-eye flight when most of the plane is asleep or if no one is behind me.

    Post # 94
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    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @lolot:  +1!

    I think it’s ridiculous to think it might be rude to use something that you paid for!  I paid just as much for my seat.  Want more room?  Pay extra for the exit row/first class.  Don’t be rude by taking away my right, that I paid for, because it’s uncomfortale for you and you don’t want to pay more!

    Post # 95
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    3226 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Well, I just flew over the holidays, so felt I had to comment. RUDE! RUDE! RUDE!

    I was in the last row, and there was a wall behind me, so I couldn’t recline. The guy in front of my didn’t even bother to look or ask, and just went for it all the way. Since it was a flight with a TV screen, the screen was all up in my face. UGH – so freaking annoying.

    Post # 96
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    5161 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Plane seat are uncomfortable enough as is to worry about not being able to recline 1-2″ when the recline option is available.

    I fly quite a lot, and I say it is a right. I paid for the ticket too, as did the person reclining in front of me, and it is not my fault the airlines make crappy seating spaces! Take it up with the airline! If someone reclines in front of me, that is their right too. I have never not been able to open my tray or work on my laptop or anything else with the seat ahead of me reclined. I mean, they barely go back and there are times I have thought seats were broken when nope, it just hardly reclines!

    I usually try and sit in exit rows anyway for a bit more room, but this is not always possible.

    Post # 97
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    9098 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I find it to be incredibly rude. If I need to sleep (and I do), I sleep with my head propped on my arm or shoulder on the arm rest. I don’t want somebody reclining on me and already taking my exceptionally limited space, so I won’t do it to the poor fellow behind me. Just because the chairs can recline doesn’t mean you should recline them.

    Post # 98
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    6294 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    For me it varies. On a long-haul overnight flight I think it’s expected, as people will want to sleep, and can hardly sleep sitting up.

    On a short-haul day-time flight where space is already massively limited, I really don’t get why people need to do it TBH. I keep mine upright out of respect and courtesy to the person behind as I know how cramped it is as it is, and can cope with sitting upright for a whole 2-3 hours (I might recline very slightly, but not fully)

    I also HATE when people keep their seats reclined when the food comes round; it’s just rude as it makes it impossible to eat (we always politely ask them to put their seats up though). Another dislike is people reclining without checking first; I always look back before I recline my seat to make sure someone isn’t resting their head/lap-top/whatever on the fold-down table; but the amount of times I’ve had someone suddenly recline their seat all the way without bothering to look, banging my head or sending hot tea spilling every, I can’t count.

    Post # 99
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    996 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I feel like it’s a right to recline your seat back since you did pay a hefty amount of cash for that seat..but at the same time I always feel so rude for reclining ALL the way back so I usually only recline it slightly. Not enough to annoy anyone but at the same time I’m more comfortable. 🙂

    Post # 100
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    993 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I don’t think its particularly courteous to recline on someone tall or someone trying to work.  Nor do I believe its a “right” to be able to recline, though you paid for it, this is public transportation and you are tightly packed with many other people.  If you want to lounge, pay for a first class seat and have all the room you want.  When you are travelling with the rest of the world there is no room to be selfish.  I think having a “right” to be comfortable at the discomfort of someone else is a bit self-centered.  If there is a health issue, that might make an exception, but I’d appreciate an explanation if the person in front of me is going to invade my personal space with their head rest.  

    Post # 101
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    1695 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I must be on very, very different flights than some of you, because I have never had my chair go back more than just an inch or two.

    Post # 102
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    5161 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @bella128:  Someone should have to disclose their personal medical information to be able to recline? The first class thing can be turned around…if you want more space and to avoid the 1″ recliners buy a first class ticket!

    For those who talk about the 2-3 hour flights, you realize that for some that 2-3 hours is just one leg of their journey, right? 

    I find it odd this is even a debate since any plane I have ever been barely even reclines anyway. I often do not even notice the seat ahead of me is reclined and it is not like others (except for the people who got the crappy last seats but not being able to recline is the least crappy thing about those seats) can’t recline their measly 1-2″. The references to “lounging” are hilarious. I am looking for an 1″ to take some pressure off my back or to be more comfortable working, it is not exactly “lounging”.

    I have flown many, many times and I have never, ever been annoyed by someone reclining even while I was working. I have, however, been annoyed by children kicking my seat, people falling asleep ON me (as in strangers), armrest hoggers, and the like. 

    Post # 103
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    5161 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @greenviolets:  Yup, me too. I am starting to wonder whether these people who reference inches of space have flown, or at least have flown since around 1974. 

    Post # 104
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    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I think you shouldn’t recline ALL the way, you should always check behind you to see how big the person is, if they seem tall, their legs will be squished, and frankly do you want to sleep in a stranger’s lap? lol. And you should always make sure to wake up and sit up for meal times or else the person can’t eat. I travel a lot and I just pop a pill to pass out and sleep mostly sitting up or slumped against the window/a family member/my Fiance. 

    Post # 105
    Member
    1086 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Just for all those who think it’s a right, let’s try to remember that when we have someone in a seat in front of us leaned all the way back and have no leg room.

     

    Some people have long legs, myself included. So leaning the seat back makes it very uncomfortable. So I don’t do this. But I wouldn’t say anything to those who did because it technically is a “right”

    Post # 106
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    777 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If the person in front of me reclines, I’m for damn sure going to recline as well. Otherwise I generally try to avoid it out of consideration for the person behind me, but I don’t think it’s rude to recline–it’s just more thoughtful not to.

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