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

posted 5 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 : (28 votes)
    14 %
    I would only recline my seat on an overnight flight : (36 votes)
    18 %
    I would only recline my seat on a very long (7 hours+) flight (even during the day) : (53 votes)
    26 %
    other (please explain) : (85 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 61
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Never. It’s rude. you’re invading someone’s bodily space in an already cramped situation. 

    Post # 62
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    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    HappySky7:  If it was so rude, the seats wouldn’t be designed to recline.

    Post # 63
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    4858 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    KC-2722:  it’s rude. would you lean back onto someone’s lap at a movie? Or anywhere else? do you cuddle up to people in line because there’s space there? No. why people feel entitled to be in another persons bodily space is beyond me. Tacky, entitled, inconsiderate and rude.

    Post # 64
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    1488 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    LoveBugBee:  same here! I don’t mind if a seat is reclined in front of me. Except for meal times. 

    j_jaye: for once I wholeheartedly agree with you 🙂

    Post # 65
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    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Miss Mochaccino:  I dont think Ive ever been on a flight where people DONT recline lol…. I personally dont know how people can sit on those seats and not? Maybe its just me but those seats almost feel like your leaning forwards when your in the upright position. During regular flight time anyone who has paid for their seat deserves whatever comfort you can get out of those spaces outside of meal service (which for a lot of airlines doesnt apply because they dont really do “meals” you can just buy food like sandwiches whenever you like). If there is a meal being served then I think people should sit up because it does get tight.

    The only time I would possibly request someone not to recline their seat is if I was traveling with my newborn that I have to hold the entire time.

    Post # 66
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The second that light goes off on any flight no matter how long  I’ve ever been on all the seats go down ASAP like it was programmed automatically.  I put it down becasue if someone in front of you puts their seat down to breath you need to do the same.  

    The only time I’ve had the seat up in front of me is if no one is sitting there.

    Post # 67
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I also dont think it’s invading someone “bodily space” when the other person is on the other side of a solid object? if they are reaching their hands/arms back and are in your space thats different. Why doesnt everyone just recline and we all have the same space? lol

    Post # 68
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    4767 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    HappySky7:  it;s not their space it’s your space.  Like shanbp:  said.  When the seat is upright you feel like you’re leaning forward even.  

    Post # 69
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    1987 posts
    Buzzing bee

    The recline position is not very comfortable for me so I don’t often use it, and I have long legs, so I spend a lot of time with someone else’s seatback on my knees.  It sucks, but I acknowledge that they have the right to do it.

    However, those that slam their seats back or recline during a proper meal service fall into that special class of people who exercise their rights in the most boorish way possible. 

    I still reserve my most profound ire for people who are incapable of walking up or down a plane aisle without grabbing the seatbacks of everyone around them. 

    Post # 70
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    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Rachel631:  Maybe its the planes we have over here in north america then but I’m a very experienced flyer even several trips to europe and Ive never been on a plane with a seat that goes back more then about 3 inches…. its basically nothing….just a slight tad more comfortable (I’ve looked to the side before and it only reclines the width of the seat pad next me….so about 3 maybe 4 inches). If there are planes that go back where you cant get out of your seat? then ya I can see that as an issue for sure… but I’m usually in the window seat and typically have all three seats in front of us reclined and am still able to get out over the 2 people sitting beside me without them having to get up!

    Maybe all this is an airline thing? cause Ive never seen anything that drastic before

    Post # 71
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

     

    HappySky7:  That logic makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.. Does your movie seat recline sideways? No. So, to answer your pointless question.. No I wouldn’t because that’s not the function of the seat. Why would the seat on an airplane go down in the first place if it were soo rude? Its not the person behind yous space, its yours. Do you realize that if the person in front of you reclines, you can as well.. AND have the same amount of space as if you were both upright.

    I’ve been called a lot of things in my life and I must say, tacky is a new one.

    Your seat on an airplane reclines for a reason. Its not inconsiderate to use its functions.. Am I inconsiderate for using my air vent or light? Am I tacky for watching a movie? What about utilizing the bar service? When something is offered, utilizing it is not entitled behavior. When I’m paying good money to go somewhere, I will recline my seat all I want.

    Thankfully I’ve never encountered someone with your nonsensical mindset on a flight.. If I did and were called tacky, entitled, or inconsiderate.. I’d recommend for the person to fuck off and splurge for business class next time they fly.

    Post # 72
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    Buzzing bee

    Miss Mochaccino:  I always have my seat reclined, on short and long flights. People definitely don’t like it, but I’ve had a crapload of back surgery so they can deal with it. 

    Post # 73
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    1280 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Rude, to me, is if they abruptly or forcefully recline their seat back, as others have mentioned. I take no offense to someone slowly reclining. I don’t see how it is rude for someone to use the function that is built into the seat. I call that normal behavior. What bothers me more is the armrest jockeys – now that is invading my personal space, when their elbow is hanging off the armrest and almost poking me in the side. 

    Post # 74
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    6526 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Miss Mochaccino:  i wouldn’t, neither would Darling Husband. 

    i can’t sleep on a plane. i am too nervous flying. I am usually a heavy sleeper, but on a plane? no. 

    Darling Husband is very tall, so when people recline he hates it. He hardly has any legroom as it is, but he would never say anything. 

    Post # 75
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    1514 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Miss Mochaccino:  I voted “other” because I recline my seat every single time.  I’m sorry, but the inch that it takes up when the seat is reclined makes no difference.  If the person behind me is that stuffy, they can recline their seat as well and get that inch back.

    I travel frequently and have never experienced anyone being upset that anyone reclined their seat.  I have worked on laptops behind someone with a reclined seat and it doesn’t make a difference.  People complain too much.

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