#32 Reclining Plane Seats Are A Basic Flying Passenger’s Right

I fly a few times a year, and for someone who doesn’t fly for business-related purposes, I represent most leisure travellers with a limited vacation budget, who would try as much as possible to economize my trip. It would be the standard economy class seat on a long-haul flight, or if available, I’d fly budget airlines for short-haul (less than four hours).

It’s pretty ridiculous if I must say, to disrupt a flight because some passengers are not happy with one another, more so about an issue that is really not an issue at all – that is, a long-legged flyer using a plastic device to prevent another passenger seated in front from reclining his/her seat.

So you can’t stretch your legs out – big deal – a hundred over innocent fellow fliers have to waste a couple of hours on an unnecessary detour so you can battle out this non-issue about reclining plane seats?? Seriously, will the cabin crew please duct tape this inconsiderate imbecile to his/her seat until we all reach our destination? (Or throw this jerk out of the airlock! See What Really Happens When You Get Blown Out of an Airlock)

Apparently and very shockingly, to many people, they prefer for airlines not to have reclining plane seats. (See Telegraph Travel’s article on Should Reclining Seats Be Banned?) I’m sure half the people who voted don’t even fly at all.

Have you ever taken a plane before? To have your back settled into an awkward near-90 degree angle for more than 6-7 hours is akin to torture. There’s also a reason why after a certain age, we run away screaming when someone suggests a long, painkiller-popping cross-country bus ride.

My stance is pretty reasonable and level-headed.

First, keep the reclining seats. If a long-haul flight doesn’t come with reclining seats, I will never fly on it, and I speak for most of the economy-class flying community.

Next, as an airline, if you want to keep your long legged customers happy and loyal, don’t be so fugging stingy with the legroom. (If you think about all the dough and extra fuel wasted should your passengers decide to brawl it out on your flight, you should seriously consider the investment!) If your beloved airline is thinking about scrapping reclining seats, it’s time to write to the CEO and ask him/her to dethrone and fling him/herself onto the runway.

For the love of justice on Earth, if you have long legs and worry about your knees made of cookie crumbs, book economy plus and above. Don’t be a ninny and whine about this. Also, there IS a way to sit to avoid having your knees crushed. You are depriving the passenger in front of you, not the other way round. Get your facts straight.

(Also I have had the pleasure to fly business purely because I booked myself on economy plus after the economy class tickets have run out on a date I must absolutely fly on. There is a good chance you will get upgraded, perhaps more if you ask politely. So why not give it a go?)

Plus, I agree with NYT’s Josh Barro – if you pay me, I’d consider not reclining my seat. (Read his piece here.)

Lastly, reclining seats are NOT that comfortable anyway – especially if you have flown business where the seats transform themselves into a lovely almost-flat bed. Who are you kidding when you say you want to “uphold justice” and call for getting rid of reclining seats?

Go back to la-la land, and don’t let me catch you flying ever again.


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