(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 # 62
    9544 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Sunnyday278:  I know! I try to be sneaky!

    Honestly, I’m kind of confused by all the people saying they can’t see the screen or get under their seat or get out of their seat if the person in front of them is reclined. I can. It takes some maneuvering, but it’s possible. Maybe it’s different planes? Or maybe it’s because I’m flexible? Which is also why I have joint pain… Especially on long flights I would be even more miserable if I couldn’t recline and I expect the person in front of me to recline. If I couldn’t recline I’d probably have to bump up to first class. Or take some serious pain meds. Or I wouldn’t be able to walk after 14 hours sitting completely upright.

    Post # 63
    919 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Wow, I’ve never heard of devices that keep you from reclining! I generally do recline, at least a little. Sitting upright is pretty uncomfortable. But I don’t recline all the way unless I’m actually sleeping.

    Post # 64
    4697 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @peachacid:  I just flew on a plane that was 2 seats, by 2 seats.. the seats reclined by about an inch and it reeeally gave you no room BUT, that’s what the seats are meant to do. The person in front of me reclined and it was tight and not that pleasant but what can you do.. its public transportation.

    Also, perhaps all the people who find this to be some sort of crime against humanity should upgrade their seats.


    Post # 65
    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I almost always recline my seat, but it’s usually just for , at max, half the flight. I’m a shortie so that gives me way more room but the headrests are at an odd angle & hurt my neck if I keep them straight for more than 3 hours straight. Also, we live 5 hours away from the airport, so even if it’s a 2 hour flight Darling Husband & I have already been up & driving for at least 6 hours before we even get on the plane- I have to get a nap by then or I will become the world’s biggest biatch…

    I do make sure to look behind me and check for food/drinks/laptops, and then recline very slowly. BUT I’ve never been on a flight where the seats reclined more than an inch or two- except during our first class honeymoon flights- that was maybe a whopping 3 inches!

    Post # 66
    4854 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I don’t recline and the person in front of me can’t recline because my knees reach the back of their seat.  So yes, when they try to dislocate my kneecaps for some reclining good ness I say something. IMO reclining onto someones lap on a flight is rude anyway. 

    Post # 67
    3339 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I have to recline because of my back.  I’ll be in pain for days if I don’t, and I’m usually still in pain for the day that I fly regardless.  People need to get over themselves.  If they don’t want someone reclining in front of them, they can pay for first class so they have more room.

    Post # 68
    2564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @MrsWBS:  + a million

    I’m really surprised at everyone complaining about reclining on a plane or how it is rude.  I’m 5’9″, the seat is cramped anyway.  I don’t think it is any worse when the person reclines and I can still easily access my bag stowed under the seat.  If there are screens in the back of the seat I can still easily see it and can use my tray table.  People are super exaggerating that people who recline end up in your lap or staring you in the face, that absolutely doesn’t happen.

    Flying sucks in general unless you want to shell out more money for first class.  So if you are shoved in the back of the plane with the rest of us poors because you can’t afford more room, deal with it.  I’m just happy if I actually get on the plane because some airlines overbook so much these days and if my bags make it that’s great.  It’s not the most fun or comfortable experience ever.

    Post # 69
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t care so much because I’m small but my 6’3 tall dad and bros have a whole ‘nother opinion on that. It only really irritates me if it hinders my ability to get out of my seat and/or function.

    Post # 70
    11744 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @pixiecat:  Yeah, I guess I just think the irritation over it should be directed towards the airlines for the way they make the planes, not at the consumers for being rude for using the seat the way it was intended.

    Post # 71
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Depends on how long the flight is. I will recline slightly, never a lot. If there’s a little kid behind me I will recline since they don’t need leg room. But at the same time, I hate when the person in front of me reclines! Or when the person behind me kicks the seat >:(

    Post # 72
    5659 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Uh, I paid for a seat, and that seat reclines for comfort, you bet your ass I’m reclining it if I want to.

    I would definitely be polite if the person behind me was a giant, as I am on the bus (I use a park n ride and bus system to commute) but otherwise, I paid for it and I’ll recline if I want.


    @niki2015:  Oh yeah the hitting the seat thing makes me outrageously pissed off!

    Post # 73
    2167 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I am 5″4 and thin so I can fit into almost any space pretty easily, so it does not bother me when people recline. It bother me WAY MORE when there is a child sitting behind me kicking my seat the entire flight and their parents don’t do shit about it. That’s awful. I don’t recline myself unless it is a super long flight or if I legit want to sleep.

    Post # 74
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I usually recline because its simply more comfortable but definitely whenever the person in front of me is reclined. Its super uncomfortable to sit straight up and have someone practically in your lap considering how small the space is already.

    Can someone tell me what the anti-recline device is? I have never heard of this before and its shocking that people would actually try that…

    Post # 75
    4689 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I don’t recline and I wish the seats could not recline. 

    Post # 76
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @MrsWBS:  I once had someone recline their seat at the beginning of a 10 hour flight, switch seats with a 3 year old who sat in the reclined seat, and then eventually LEAVE THE SEAT RECLINED with  NO ONE in it.


    I wanted to punch them in the face.


    I hate it when people recline because I HATE sitting with my feet on the ground (I never fly alone so this isn’t an issue for a seatmate) and I sit indian style, but the seat gets it the way of my knees, so I have to sit with my legs down and it makes my feet swell more like that on airplanes.


    Also, it makes it hard to watch movies.

    EDIT: and I don’t recline my seat 1. because reclining is also uncomfortable for me and 2. because I don’t want to make the person behind me uncomfortable

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