Check out this CNN article about a recent “air rage” incident on a November 22 American Airlines flight. Apparently a guy reclined his seat, and the guy behind him just wasn’t having it. Looks like I even got a (small) mention in the article concerning my recent seat recline etiquette post.
And I certainly stand by what I said. While I don’t recline on daytime flights in coach, reclining your seat is a right. That’s why the button is in your seat console, and not the console of the person behind you. Yes, I sympathize with tall people, which is why I don’t recline. But last time I checked, people that are tall don’t pay more for their tickets than people that are short. Almost all airlines let you buy exit row or bulkhead seats nowadays, making this even more of a no brainer, in my opinion.
But the key to all this (which is overlooked all too often) is courtesy. If the person behind you is tall and asks nicely, consider putting your seat up. If they demand you put your seat up and throw a temper tantrum, well, then it’s up to you.