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View Poll Results: What do you think about recling seats on airplanes?
I don't recline because it is rude to the person behind me 54 28.88%
I recline all the way back because it is my right! 58 31.02%
Airlines should change seats so they don't recline 61 32.62%
I have no opinion at all about this silly question! 14 7.49%
Voters: 187. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-28-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Moscow
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Originally Posted by annerk View Post
If you are that tall, spend the extra money for a seat with more legroom. It's no different than an obese person who needs to buy a second seat.
Why should I? I already paid for adequate space. The person in front of me is the usurper.

If you need to recline that badly, spend the extra money for a seat with a little more room to recline.

 
Old 08-28-2014, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Originally Posted by I'm Retired Now View Post
I travel a lot and am tired of people who recline their seats all the way back. If it was up to me there would be no recline at all. The news is full of stories of passengers fighting over seat recline. I would solve it by eliminating that option.

What do you think about reclining seats on planes? Please take my poll.
I think of it this way:

Your comfort should not come at my expense.

Therefore, my comfort should not come at your expense.

I have flown over 300,000 miles in my lifetime and I NEVER recline my seat in coach. In business or first I will, but that's because my reclining has no effect on the comfort of the person behind me.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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Originally Posted by annerk View Post
If you are that tall, spend the extra money for a seat with more legroom. It's no different than an obese person who needs to buy a second seat.

False, with very rare exceptions, people have control over their girth. They do not have any control over their height.

No way comparable.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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People, it's like this…

Almost all commercial airliners are made with seats that recline. Each seat (with a few exceptions) has a button to control its own recline. There are no clear airline rules or FAA regulations prohibiting usage of that option except under certain conditions. Flight attendants will usually ask passengers to move their seat upright during takeoff, landing and at other times where it makes sense, such as during a meal. They may also ask individuals to move their seat upright upon request or at their own discretion. If a flight attendant asks you do something, you need to do it. If another passenger (such as the one behind you) rolls their eyes, grumbles, or confronts directly to you about a matter, it is your choice to respond, and how. Until the airline industry produces hundreds of thousands of new planes (or at least retrofits all the seats in existing ones) to not allow any recline, that is THE WAY THINGS ARE. So you have three choices really:

1. Cooperate. Recline at appropriate times and not at others (or not at all if that's your preference), perhaps being extra conscious when an especially large person is behind you. If the person in front of you reclines, be reasonable with your expectations… Is it night time? How far and how fast are they actually reclining? Is their seat back actually slamming against your legs, or are you just irritated because planes are inherently very cramped and uncomfortable and you want someone to blame?

2. Don't Fly. Buy one of those extra jumbo trucks or whatever suits your needs and drive for 5 days if you need to cross the country. Or if it's overseas, perhaps book a cruise and disembark half way through and book another for return. It's your choice. You will have lots of options (flying 1st class may also fall into this category, depending on the plane/route). Your budget and time are the only real limiting factors. If you're especially turned off by airline inconveniences, you will be doing both yourself and those around you a big favor.

3. Get online and complain about it. A perfectly acceptable option, whether you've already done #1 or not. It's well within your right to do so regardless of your stance. But will it really help you cope with the reality of flying (assuming that's your choice) any better? Or will it just mke you EVEN MORE focused on the issue next time you fly and get you even crankier?
 
Old 08-28-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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Originally Posted by annerk View Post
Actually, yes. The fact is that all major carriers require customers to fit into their seat or buy a second one. None of them differentiate that statement between height and width. If you can't fit into the seat in a way that will make those around you uncomfortable or able to use their seat (ie recline or put down arm rests) you need to buy a second seat or even risk being deplaned.
Are you basing your facts on written airline policy or are they coming from a friend who has a friend that knows someone who once dated a flight attendant?

I did some checking on several major airlines policies regarding passengers of size. Some stated the arm rests had to be able to be lowered or an additional seat may be required. Some stated the use of more than one seatbelt extension could require an additional seat. Some did not address it at all. Not a single one I looked at made any mention of seat recline.

I tried checking on passengers of height but oddly none of the airline websites I looked at had anything say about how tall passengers had to be able to sit. The websites went on to not say anything about tall passengers having to purchase additional seats.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 12:08 PM
 
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Showing your contempt for the general public a little too much there, Annerk. Will someone please escort her to First Class so the rest of us can enjoy steerage without offending her?
There's the general public and then there's people who can't figure out how to find seat 18B on a plane. The latter needs to go back to Greyhound.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Keim View Post
Why should I? I already paid for adequate space. The person in front of me is the usurper.

If you need to recline that badly, spend the extra money for a seat with a little more room to recline.
As long as the seat reclines, it is the right of the person in it to do so--they aren't the one who needs to spend the money, as they aren't the one complaining about space.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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Originally Posted by HedgeYourInvestments View Post
I think of it this way:

Your comfort should not come at my expense.

Therefore, my comfort should not come at your expense.

I have flown over 300,000 miles in my lifetime and I NEVER recline my seat in coach. In business or first I will, but that's because my reclining has no effect on the comfort of the person behind me.
Um, yeah, big whoop. I hit that a decade ago.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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Originally Posted by timberline742 View Post
False, with very rare exceptions, people have control over their girth. They do not have any control over their height.

No way comparable.
According to the airlines it is. They do not differentiate why a person can't fit into the seat.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 12:13 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Alaskan Mutt View Post
Are you basing your facts on written airline policy or are they coming from a friend who has a friend that knows someone who once dated a flight attendant?

I did some checking on several major airlines policies regarding passengers of size. Some stated the arm rests had to be able to be lowered or an additional seat may be required. Some stated the use of more than one seatbelt extension could require an additional seat. Some did not address it at all. Not a single one I looked at made any mention of seat recline.

I tried checking on passengers of height but oddly none of the airline websites I looked at had anything say about how tall passengers had to be able to sit. The websites went on to not say anything about tall passengers having to purchase additional seats.
They state that a person needs to be able to fit into their seat. They don't state in what way.
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