(Closed) People reclining on airplanes

posted 6 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 # 32
    11744 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Bebealways:  it’s my seat and ill recline if I want to! But seriously, if someone doesn’t like it they can recline their seat. Never heard of the devices that stop it but I wouldn’t be all that happy if someone used one on me. I wouldn’t cause a scene over it but I would probably tell them I thought they were being rude.

    Post # 33
    11744 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t know what airline everyone is flying on but I have never not been able to use my try fully, eat cofortably or use a laptop because someone was reclining. I rarely fly anything but southwest though and fully reclined is about 1/2 an inch. 

    Post # 34
    4697 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @MrsWBS:  I was just thinking the same thing.. what planes are people flying on? 

    The seats are designed to recline, meaning you can easily still use your tray/ have adequate room. I recline, and don’t care when others do it.. you move back what? An inch?

    Post # 35
    9290 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    flying back from my honeymoon (it was a 9 hour flight). i tried to recline my chair a few times and the lady behind me kept yelling at me.  i was almost ready to call the flight attendent, when i finally tried one more time and was able to.


    Post # 36
    51 posts
    Worker bee

    I am over 6 feet tall and my husband is close to 7 feet tall.

    We recline and we regret nothing.

    Post # 37
    804 posts
    Busy bee

    Yup. If everyone reclines then surely everyone has the same space, so I don’t see the problem.

    Post # 38
    9681 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Bebealways:  What device to stop them? I’ve never heard of that. When I have a really long flight we go first class. I’m terrified of flying so it helps. Short flights I do recline, same as I do in movie theatres. They should build in space to accommodate the seats you would think. 

    Post # 39
    739 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    On short flight I try not to recline, but on long hauls I just have to. I do it slowly & carefully though! 

    Post # 40
    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I dont recline unless the flight is one where I would need to take a nap to function the next day (like, 5+ hours). I just dont want the person behind me to be uncomfortable and as a lady with long legs I know how bad it can get to sit behind a reclined person for hours on end! I don’t get mad when other people recline though. Maybe they have back issues, the person in front of them is reclined, etc. etc.

    Post # 41
    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I hate people who recline, but Im not going to stop them.  BUT my biggest hate are people who keep on hitting my seat from the back….especially parents not stopping their kids from hitting the seat in front.  3 days ago, I just stood up from the seat and gave them an angry stare and the hitting stopped for like 15 mins but then it started again but with less intensity!  Once the seat in front reclined so much, that the person was like sleeping on my lap! The flight attendent just told the person in front of me to sit upright 🙂


    Post # 42
    3208 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I fly between central Canada and Europe several times a year. When I’m by myself, I don’t care if anyone reclines. I tend to not since sitting upright is more comfortable for me. I’m also average height and thin, so reclining doesn’t infringe on much of my personal space.

    When I’m within my 6’3 tall Fiance, however, I realize why reclining is such a hot topic and why it’s frustrating for many people. If the person sitting in front of my Fiance reclines, it effectively crushes his legs. He has to spread his knees so they’re aligned with the arm rests in order to even allow the person in front to recline.

    We’ve learned that when travelling together, we need to get seats at emergency exit or the first row for extra leg room. Sometimes we’re lucky and get to travel first or business on my parents’ dime, but that’s rare, so we need to either have specific seats preselected or upgrade to premium economy where available.

    Post # 43
    2388 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Bebealways:  I do recline because it’s the only way I can get some shut eye and I try to sleep on every single flight, even if it’s short. The other thing is if the person in front of me is reclining, I will recline too.

    @MrsWBS:  @KC-2722:  I remembered there was a thread about this a while back: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/is-reclining-your-seat-on-an-airplane-rude-or-is-it-a-right#axzz2tD3770K6

    @Rosybee:  I’m curious, how do you feel about other people reclining? I saw on the other thread, tall bees were complaining that it sometimes hurt their legs. I feel like that’s the only legitimate thing to complain about regarding reclining.

    Post # 44
    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I always feel really guilty when I recline so I tend not to unless it’s a really long flight or overnight. And I generally don’t recline fully.

    Although, if someone in front of you reclines and you recline, then you have the exact same space and you are both more comfortable. So really if everyone on the plane just reclined their seats it would be a more enjoyable ride!

    And a device to stop reclining? I have never heard of that. I think using one of those is incredibly rude and I would be so mad if someone did that to me. Even if I wasn’t planning on reclining. It’s my seat and my right to choose!

    Post # 45
    2961 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    I recline, and I go all the way back! After so many flights back and forth from Europe I came to realize the person who was reclining in front of me didn’t give a crap about my comfort, so I had to follow suit. I have yet to be berated for reclining, and would never say anything to someone reclining in front of me, either. I can’t even express how ENRAGED I would be if someone used a tool that wouldn’t let me lean my chair back. I would definitely say something, then.

    Post # 46
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013


    @KC-2722:  On some planes, the seats are so close together that when the person in front of you reclines, you lose inches of space…which means you have, like, four inches instead of eight.  That’s a big difference!  I’ve only been on a few planes like that, though.  One was from Boston to Glasgow…I’m 5’2″ and my knees were hitting the seat in front of me.  THAT WAS AWFUL.

    On planes, people reclining doesn’t bother me much.  It’s only annoying if they slam their seat back.  I recline a little, sometimes.  

    On TRAINS, on the other hand, UGH.  The seats go back A LOT and it makes it really uncomfortable for the person behind.  Usually if that happens, though, I move or say something.  If the person is on their phone, I might “accidentally” knee the back of the seat a few times.  I know it’s rude, but it works.  

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