Here’s a fun topic brought up by Road Warriorette today. Is reclining your seat on an airplane a right or a privilege? Yep, that’s the new poll question over on the top right of the blog (great timing, as I needed a new one).
I probably have a different approach towards seat recline than most. I happen to think that reclining your seat on an airplane is a right. There’s a reason the button is on your seat, and certainly everyone (except possibly the person in the last row) has the same “right” in that regard. But at the same time, I’m the guy that doesn’t recline my seat in coach on daytime flights. Ever. It’s just my little way of trying to be courteous. Do I expect everyone else to give me the same courtesy? Nah, because I think they’re perfectly entitled to recline their seat all they want.
Oddly enough, I think the problem is even worse in first class, where the recline is much greater than in coach while the pitch is only marginally better (at least compared to Economy Plus), meaning space can be very tight if you have your laptop out and the person in front of you is reclined all the way. In first class I almost always have my seat reclined all the way, except during a meal service. My biggest pet peeve, though, are the people that “latch” onto the seats in front of them and shake them (almost) violently as they get up. Garrr!
What say you?