Do You Recline Your Seat When Flying? What Is Proper Etiquette?
Seat reclining on the plane? Sit up straight? Or kick the person seat in front of you who has reclined their seat? Ahhhh choices choices.
So I recently flew to Malta with my husband and son, affectionately refereed to as Knuddi and Bear in this post.
After going standing in line to get our bags checked in, gone through Airport security, a 30 minute delay, waiting for a bus to get us to the plane, plus a screaming tired, hot and sleepy baby, we FINALLY got on the plane!
I had been hoping to move to an empty row if the flight wasn’t full because Knuddi had just fallen asleep and I figured if I was able to lay him down, he would actually sleep for the two-hour flight back to Vienna.
As fate or fools would have it, this was not going to be the case.
We’ve all experienced it – moments after takeoff the seat in front of you slams at full speed into full reclining position, knocking the drink of the little thing in front of you they call a table or tray.
So is there an etiquette in regards to seat reclining? If there was one, the guy sitting to my right and the moron behind him clearly knew nothing about it.
Take off completed, passengers have quieted down, glad the baby is asleep, sitting in peace when all of a sudden I hear “Hey mate, don’t kick my seat, stop kicking my f&*%ing seat!” (guy to my right – Seat 6F)
“Bist wahnsinnig?- das ist nicht First Class” – Translation – “Are you insane? This is not first class” (guy in Seat 7F)
As far as I know, restrictions have not been placed on economy class flyers reclining their seats, his argument was null and void.
So there they go screaming back and forth at each other at the top of their lungs where all you want to say as a mother is “SHUT THE HELL UP YOU SCREAMING LUNATICS!!! MY BABY IS TRYING TO SLEEP!!!!!!! “
Of course, doing that would only increase the chances of Knuddi waking.
Mind you, the aisle seat in row 7 is empty so 7F could have simply moved from the window to the aisle seat as was suggested to him. His response was “nope, I paid for the window seat so I will sit here”. ( Loving his sense of maturity – *roll eyes here*)
They continue their screaming match, hurling insults at one another until Bear has had it and gives a piece of his mind to both of them. He then heads off to the front off the cabin. I am thinking “what now?”.
He returns with the steward and stewardess who until now have not reacted to the yelling and screaming six rows from where they are sitting. Did they not just hear all this?
They calmly try to speak to both of them while 7F is still kicking the seat in front of him and threatening never to fly with this airline again.
Well thank God! That will decrease the chances of people being subjected to flying with this illogical scene-making moron. What a disgrace.
And by the way, Knuddi is awake.
Obviously, everyone on the plane would be better off if no one would recline. What do we gain when we tilt your seat back 5 degrees? Isn’t it offset by the discomfort when the person in front of you does the same?
A little consideration goes a long way. On both sides. Both 6F and 7F had the option of treating each other with a little more respect. Sitting in an economy seat means everyone is equally uncomfortable as everyone else.
Seat reclining has caused a lot of airplane brawls! therefore the last thing I wanted was for this flight to be turned around back to Malta after just 20 minutes of flying. The thought alone of going through another delay had to be blocked out of my head.
Jesus take the wheel.
The seats are tiny, the cabin , though air conditioned – stinks, with the combination of airplane food, sweat, perfume, farts, and body odor of a hundred traveling bodies – yuck.
That’s already bad enough so why make it worse?
So should you stay upright or enjoy a little reclining action on the flight? Well, that depends on the trip. Short journeys don’t merit the full recline. IMO.
At the same time, if the person in front of you want to recline their seat, don’t be a complete jackass about it. You knew this was a possibility when you booked your flight. grow up.
Deal with it. Be civilized. Do unto others as you wish they would do unto you.