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    Default Do you recline your seat on planes?

    There's been 3 instances in the news lately about flights having problems due to reclining seats in planes. Here's the 2 sides viewpoints:

    In Favor Of: they feel they purchased the ticket and therefore have the right to use the recline feature of their seat, regardless of the discomfort to the one behind them.

    Those Against It: they feel people should not recline because their own comfort is compromised by the person in front of them.

    Personally - I don't recline my own seat because I hate when someone does it to me. I am very tall so any reclining in front of me really hurts. When someone tries it I usually let out a somewhat loud 'oh god' - enough to scare the person in front of me to think they really injured me. Usually that works. If it doesn't I ask them if they can please put it up just a little bit and most do. However I have had 2 people who were horrible about it. The worst was on my honeymoon flight to Hawaii from Chicago - 9 hour flight. The guy in front of me put it back and was horribly rude and wanted it back the whole way. We argued, loudly and finally I punched him hard in the back of the head (this was before 9/11). He got up and walked to the front of the plane and I assume the flight attendants seated him up there somewhere. At the end of the flight before landing he walked back to his seat. When the message came out to prepare for landing I was ready for him and I moved my legs toward me as much as possible - I predicted right cause he then put his seat back quickly and as hard as possible to try and get me one last time - I guess he wanted to have the final word. I just ignored it. If it wasn't my honeymoon I would have kicked his butt as soon as we got off the plane.

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    I recline.

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    I don't fly much, but last time I did fly I didn't recline if there was someone behind me. If the person in front of me did it, I had to. Not enough room if I didn't.

    It's a shame that people can't be reasonable adults.

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    It's is just a fact of life for me that I will have my knees smashed for however long the flight is. I'm a pretty tall guy and I know it going in, so it doesn't bother me. What bugs me is when people think I'm deliberately stopping them from leaning back and I'm not. It's just that my legs are so damn long that people think I'm keeping them from reclining until they turn around and see that I'm squished into the seat and can't move.

    This problem just speaks to the greater issue of people not communicating their needs to other people in a civilized manner. If someone wants to lean back and the person behind them doesn't want them to, they shouldn't get butthurt over it. Maybe the guy just doesn't want his patella crushed.
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    I saw an article about this topic over the weekend, and that was the first time I had even thought about how reclining my seat would impact the person behind me. I'm petite so a reclining seat doesn't bother me, but now I realize that it would be awful for someone tall. From now on, I'm going to ask the person behind me before I push that recline button.
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    I fly quite a bit, on long haul flights most of the planes actually have the seats that don't recline. Rather the bottom slides forward so you effectively reduce your own leg room. No real issues with those and other people.

    For the shorter flights where the planes still have the reclining seats I just accept the fact that as a function of the seat people are going to use it. I have a small netbook so if someone does recline while I'm working I can still type on it.

    Knowing the seat can recline I usually keep my knees out of the way. I'm 6'-1" so its not like I'm built for flying but I average around 30-50 flights per year.

    The biggest problem is people that come to the airport 1-2 times per year and have a very different idea of flight etiquette than other people who literally treat this as public mass transit. To that end I simply suggest the same basic rules.
    Pregnant ladies, children, disabled and elderly: on the subway you are pretty much an ******* if you don't give up your seat for one of these people standing. Why is it ok on a plane to be exasperated that they are even near you? Switching seats is possible if you have a problem with it, ask nicely.

    Bags bikes carryons: On a train/bus people are very self conscious of where their items are and the space they are taking. On a plane people try to commandeer whole bins as personal space, put items in seats hoping people won't sit there (southwest) and generally act as if somehow its all ok. Nobody ever does the same thing on the shuttle bus luggage rack to the rental car place.

    People in a hurry: On the train/Bus people stand to the right on the escalators and such and don't give a wit about the people in a hurry. A person on a plane about to miss a connection? Oh god forbid that person might get off before you so you miss any of your lengthy layover. If you have a connection you'd be hurrying too.

    Like I said, for many people flying has some weird aura, but it's transportation for many folks. Please use a bit of common sense and curtsey that involves knowing your surroundings. I view the reclining seats like the straps on a bus/subway. People use them cuz they're there. They bump into you and such but it's an expected part of the ride. The guy swinging on the straps is an *******.

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    If it is a night flight or early morning I recline, if it is a short flight I will usually keep upright. On my last trip in Canada, Porter Air's seats did not recline at all and it was fine. It was a short flight but still not an issue. Also on the same trip we were in the last row for a short leg (DC to Halifax) and our seats did not recline but the people in front of us did. We just put up with the discomfort.

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    I just purchased one of those Knee Defenders - $29 total shipped. It only works though if you put your tray table down so at least I will have protection from recliners when I'm having my snack or drink. So if you hear about another flight diverted due to use of a knee defender it just may involve me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerfuffle View Post
    I just purchased one of those Knee Defenders - $29 total shipped. It only works though if you put your tray table down so at least I will have protection from recliners when I'm having my snack or drink. So if you hear about another flight diverted due to use of a knee defender it just may involve me.
    You should be aware most airlines ban those. Do you also bring knives, talk on the phone after they ask you to turn them off and unbuckle your seatbelt when the buckle up light goes on? All that is against the rules too. Just want to be sure you get your kicks.
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