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Saturday, February 15, 2020

The dispute was reignited after an American Airlines passenger complained about a flight attendant's reaction to a man sitting behind her who repeatedly hit her seat because she reclined her chair.



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I saw the video. He was an -------.

#1 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-02-15 10:01 AM | Reply

No. It is not rude. And when you fly economy class it is necessary. Also, if the seats were meant to be reclined they would not be able to recline.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-02-15 11:01 AM | Reply

It's not rude. Blame the airline for taking away our space. Don't blame people for not being robots.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-15 11:04 AM | Reply

When you crowd rats or people closer together it eventually creates more conflicts for any remaining space. Anything that happens because of these decisions by the airlines to reduce space further is their fault. They know the science. It's all about money. When the rats err people sue the airlines THEN they will learn.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-15 11:09 AM | Reply

She should have called the attendant to have the guy tased.

Don't sit in the last row. A) the seats are narrower than the rest of the plane and b) they don't recline.

I'm 6'4" and refuse to fly as I don't want to be a cripple when I get up from having the armrest of the seat in front of me permanently indented into my shins.

#5 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-15 11:10 AM | Reply

Qatar Air makes passengers put their seats up when meals are being served.

#6 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-02-15 11:32 AM | Reply

Also, the last row is generally reserved for flight crew. American is not my favorite Airline...even with Platinum Pro status.

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-02-15 11:33 AM | Reply

I think it depends on how long the flight is. If it's a long flight, then you need to recline. People should be considerate of others, though. Recliners can be dicks sometimes. I lost track of the number of times I was on a coach bus and the person in front of me reclined, got off at their stop about half an hour to an hour later, and left their seat reclined. Some of them would even recline both seats if there was no one sitting next to them.

#8 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-02-15 12:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

If it is considered rude then I have to say that is more the airline's fault than the passengers. That extra row of seats sardine can method of seating arrangements made rudeness part of travel experience.

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-02-15 12:08 PM | Reply

"If it is considered rude then I have to say that is more the airline's fault than the passengers."

Ryan Air has solved that problem...no reclining seats.

#10 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-02-15 12:17 PM | Reply

It is rude. Do want the girlfriend to choke?

#11 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-02-15 12:36 PM | Reply

This is completely the airlines fault. They manage the planes. They control which seats recline (and by how much). They decide how close each row is to the next (and the back wall). They charge more for seats with more "comfort". They decide what their flight attendants should do to handle these situations. They then sit back counting their money while (?) laughing / cheering / applauding / deflecting blame (?) as their their customers tussle like mice in some grotesque behavioral experiment designed by them (the airlines).

Once the man (sitting behind) and the woman (sitting in front) found themselves in this sadistic situation, the best they could do is deal with the hand they had been dealt. In this the man was clearly wrong. If you want more space to deal with the seat in front of you reclining, there are any number of choices the guy could have made - check in early, pay more, drive, etc. He didnt. He is clearly in the wrong.

#12 | Posted by algaar at 2020-02-15 12:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My experience is that economy-class seats seem to recline about 6 degrees - - which is the minute hand of an analog clock reclining from 12:00 to 12:01.

Still, if the person behind you is using the seat-back tray on the back of your seat, suddenly flopping your seat back 6 degrees can be dramatic. So why not just check behind you before you recline it and use common sense. You can always just ask the person behind you if reclining your seat would disturb them.

Hey, we're talking 6 degrees here. Neither of you will be gaining or losing much, so no big deal either way.

#13 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2020-02-15 02:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Everone knows how much room there is before buying a ticket. Everone knows how they would feel if someone was laying in theys lap.
They still buy the ticket. ergo -- It's not the airlines fault.
What is rude is some little brat kicking the back of my seat and ma and pa are setting there watching.

#14 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-02-15 02:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Everone knows how they would feel if someone was laying in theys lap.

What airline are you flying where the economy seats recline more than an inch or two?

#15 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-02-15 03:58 PM | Reply

On a practical note, a great way to avoid this is picking the seats right behind the exit row, since exit row seats don't recline.

Another great way to avoid being overly inconvenienced by the person in front of you reclining is by not being a fat ----.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-15 04:07 PM | Reply

Airlines are loving this argument. Talk about the ultimate deflection...

#17 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-02-16 11:16 AM | Reply

Pay the extra $30 for economy plus if the flight is longer than 3-4 hours, or fly frontier/spirit, where the seats do not recline.problems solved.

#18 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-02-16 12:29 PM | Reply

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