(Closed) Would you recline your seat during a long flight?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you recline your seat during a flight?

    I would never recline my seat during a flight -- short, long, overnight, etc. - it doesn't matter

    I would only recline my seat on an overnight flight

    I would only recline my seat on a very long (7 hours+) flight (even during the day)

    other (please explain)

  • Post # 2
    6401 posts
    Bee Keeper

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    Miss Mochaccino:  I’m fine with people reclining on a long-hauk overnight flight, and will sometimes do so myself (though very slightly, and not when food or drinks are being served). I tend to find it a bit rude otherwise though. We once had a young couple in front fully recline their seats right at the start of a 10 hour day-time flight and it was really irritating. We also had to ask them to put them upright when the food came round as it didn’t actually fit on the tray otherwise because of the angle. I think they were inexperienced fliers though; people who fly more frequently tend to be more clued-up and more courteous IME. 

    Post # 3
    662 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’m a tall girl and always recline my seat on any flight that is longer than two hours. There just isn’t enough space to be even remotely comfortable otherwise. You guys are far nicer than I am—I would have reclined my seat anyhow. 

    Post # 4
    1219 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    Miss Mochaccino:  It seems like every flight I go on, including the hour long domestic ones, I get stuck behind the one person who always reclines. It annoys the heck out of me! I only recline on overnight flights and even then, I check behind to make sure the person is not eating or drinking or does not have their knees in the way.

    Post # 5
    9541 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I recline on any flight that’s more than a couple hours. I have bad joints and I get super sore on flights but it’s better if I can recline. I absolutely recline on overnight flights and think it’s ludicrous to ask someone not to recline when they turn down the lights. I don’t know what I would have done in your situation but I very well might have said that I’d keep my seat up for a bit while reading, but that I was hoping to sleep so would recline at that point. Her preference is no more important than yours. She was just more brazen to ask for what she wanted. If the seats recline, it is well within your right to do so. I do try to check behind me and ease back slowly when I do recline, but I don’t feel quilty about reclining one bit.

    Of note, I just did a trip to Europe and Air France wanted to upgrade me to Economy Plus, which is basically like regular economy but the seats don’t recline – they just kind of scrunch down. I stuck with regular economy so that I could recline. If other airlines adopt this I hope that people like the lady that sat behind you will take advantage so that those that like to recline can do it without being hassled.

    ETA: I do always sit up if food or drink is being served.

    Post # 6
    1784 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The actual solution would be for airlines to make seats that aren’t extremely uncomfortable no matter what you do, but that’ll never happen.  I recline my seat so my back will hate me less when I can finally get off the flying metal death trap.

    Post # 7
    3728 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

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    Miss Mochaccino:  I recline my seat as I wish, with no regard to the person behind me. If someone said something, I would say “I am sorry, I hate how we are packed in here like sardines! But I really need it to be reclined so I can sleep. ” Then recline and sleep. 

    I have also been the person on the laptop with someone trying to recline their seat. It sucks. But they paid for a seat that could recline and I have to deal.

    Post # 8
    10349 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    I have a bad neck, so I always recline mine even if the flight is during the day and only a few hours. I don’t care if a few strangers think I’m an asshole 🙂

    Post # 9
    720 posts
    Busy bee

    I usually only recline my seat if the person in front of me did so their chair isn’t in my face. I don’t think the 2 inches it goes really helps me. Lol. I wouldn’t be diverting flights over Someone who did. People are crazy. 

    Post # 10
    914 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    If the people behind me recline, I’ll recline too. However, most of the time I find reclining seats very annoying since there isn’t enough room to uncross one’s legs easily if the person in front is reclined and you are not. 

    I think a lot of PP are right; most frequent and experienced flyers are sensitive to what’s going on the plane, flight time, etc. 

    Post # 11
    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I don’t recline my seat often. I don’t care if the person in front of me does and I definitely wouldn’t ask them not to recline their seat.  If you wanted to recline you should have especially given the flight was overnight.  You were overly nice in accommodating. If I wanted to recline I would have.  You paid for your flight you should be comfy.

    Post # 12
    3376 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I recline my seat when I feel the need to – day, night, short flight, long flight.  Honestly, it’s not like I’m in the person’s lap, the seats only recline a few inches.  And their seat reclines, too.

    Post # 13
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

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    Pollywog:  +1. I fly often and I recline my seat because it makes me comfortable. Its not because I’m a huge jerk but I am not concerned with someone’s annoyance versus my own comfort and making sure I’m not in any pain or discomfort at the end of the flight.

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 2 months ago by  CocoClassic.
    Post # 14
    486 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    It doesn’t matter to me if the flight is 2 hours or 10 hours, if I feel like closing my eyes to take a little nap, I recline.  I was working as a consultant for a while and was flying mutliple times a week on many of the short commuter flights.  I have never once been bothered by someone in front of me reclining their seat and never realized that someone may be bothered by me doing so.  This is sort of an eye opener for me though as I never really saw it as an issue.  The seats recline a whole 2 inches so I never found it affected my space all too much.  Welp, things I’ll be more cautious of in the future.

    Post # 15
    9163 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    The only time I take issue with a reclined seat is during meal service. There just isn’t enough room. Any other time recline away.

    I take more issue with the people who decide to have long loud chats with their friends/family when the lights are dimmed on long haul flights and seat back grabbers. You know the ones that have to grab your seat back when they get up from the seat behind you (use the freaking arm rest to haul yourself up and not my hair/scalp especially when I am asleep) or on all the aisle seats as they stroll along to the toilet. There are people in those seats and you are annoying them when you do this.

    Also people that like to chat with others around the toilet area when the lights are dimmed. You are not in some special bubble area and there are people in the seats in that area that are trying to sleep.


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