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Old 06-02-2012, 07:08 PM
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Please tell me if I am overly sensitive about this, but few things tick me off more than when the person in front of me on an airplane suddenly leans the seatback back. I am about 6'1", and it results in their seat jamming into my knees or head without warning. I NEVER lean my seat back because I think it's just downright rude to take up the already limited space of the person behind me.

Is this just a pet peeve of mine, or do you agree?
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:12 PM
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Reach around and givem a shoulder rub, don't be scared, then whisper sweet nothings in their ear. You'll get your space or a new best friend.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:14 PM
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They paid for the seat, and have the option to use all aspects of it. Lighten up!
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:48 PM
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I don't mind people leaning their seat back. I mind them:

- Leaning it back as fast and hard as possible
- Continuing to toss and turn and shoulder-slam the seat as if it will magically give up an extra 3" of recline
- Changing the angle of their seat over, and over, and over again

I rarely lean mine back more than ~20% of the way, frankly I don't find it any more comfortable
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:54 PM
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I feel that you have right to lean back your seat but be a human being and do it slowly as not to cripple the person behind you.

I am 6'4" and know your pain but it more the airlines fault for treating us like cattle. I would love for an airline to come out with racks to lie down instead. You could then stack us 3 high like bunk beds.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:15 PM
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I typically recline my seat every flight & take a nap. I hate when the person behind me complains about the seat reclining. If they do not like to sit behind a reclining seat they should book a bulkhead or emergency exit to avoid the reclining seat. Problem solved.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:46 PM
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I think the airlines should remove the option to recline in second class!
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That is why I try and sit in front of dwarfs.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by falkon View Post
I think the airlines should remove the option to recline in second class!
Why? To make the uncomfortable seats even worst?

I fly multiple times almost every week, have offered to switch seats with cry babies who complain about my reclined seat. They just need to book a seat on an exit row or bulkhead and quit bitching.

I could care a less if they recline back me as they have every right to.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:13 AM
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Better than having a hefty sitting next to you that flips up the armrest and spills into your seat crushing ya. I'd take a tilted seat over a hefty next to me any day.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:41 AM
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Originally Posted by captbone View Post

I am 6'4" and know your pain but it more the airlines fault for treating us like cattle. .
This I agree on. I love to fly. Don't do it much and not sure I'll every do it again, but that aspect of it (seating) will never be a good thought for the day in my book.
First class is up there for a reason. You pay at anything for comfort...
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:45 AM
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Fly United and pay a little extra for the extended leg room section if your too cheap for first class or can't figure out how to get a bulkhead or exit row seat. There are options out there to solve/avoid YOUR issues if YOU do choose.
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I have a few million miles in the air and I hate this too. I always check out who is behind behind me and if it is someone tall I ask if it is OK to recline. It's just common courtesy. 90% of the time I get an exit row seat or an upgrade. The other 10% I got in the habit of crossing my legs and having my knees snug up against the seat back in front of me if it is a tight fit, if someone tries to recline without asking. But usually if you ask someone nicely to bring the seat back up a few notches so you won't be kneeing them in the back, it works out. The other problem over-reclining causes is that it makes it very hard to use a lap top computer on a lot of planes.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:43 AM
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I recline my seat all the way, but slowly. Have never had anyone complain. I've never had reason to complain about the seat in front of me, either.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:40 AM
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I'm 6'2" and always recline a little if I want to take a nap. I almost always give the person behind me a heads up first though.
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I agree with sprockets but I was always much more annoyed by the smells of the passangers and filthy seats that you know are not cleaned between flights and who knows how often. Plus the freegin germs and all being shared. The obese stinky woman I always seemed to get next to was no fun either. Glad to be out of that rat race.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:55 AM
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I fully recline (slowly) the minute the wheels are up until the stewardess yells at me the second time to prep for landing...

Its how the seats were designed.... You should try for emergency isle seats .....

Before you fly go to seatguru.com and look for the seats you want....

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Old 06-03-2012, 11:31 AM
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Lots of things bother me flying, but someone reclining their seat is not one of them. They have every right to do so IMO. Yes it would be impolite to slam your seat back. If you have a problem with that, you should take it up with the airline, they put them in. As others have said you do have choices, and yes you will pay for them. As far as not being able to use a laptop, I have never seen a seat in a modern aircraft that presents a problem, they are designed to still be relatively level.
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The people that use the lights and adjust the air nozzles really piss me off. Don't even get me started on the ones that try to look out my window.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:14 PM
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No you are not being overly sensitive.
It is rude, inconsiderate and crass for a person to recline their seat until it intrudes in your space to create "comfort" for themselves at your expense. A person who does that is totally without class, a blemish on the human race and a waste of skin.

Sorry to all here who think that just because you paid for that seat you can do whatever you want with it. You are obviously a narcissistic person who thinks the world revolves around your needs, rights and wants. If you are so childish and immature that you believe you have the "right" to cause another person discomfort so that you may enjoy more yourself you are one very sorry and sick individual.

I've been behind a jackass like that myself, who had the audacity to turn around and ask me to get my knees out of his seat back. For Pete's sake!! I was literally wedged into my seat with nowhere to move. What do you want me to do!!?? Saw off some of my femur in order to accommodate your pansy assed "needs"???

I swear airline seating was designed for midgets or Asians who are less than 5'6" not people who are 6'4" like myself. I am the "runt" of my family with my other brothers being even taller than I am. We all detest flying not only because of the seating conditions but also the total jerks who seem to inhabit the seat ahead of us with monotonous regularity.

To all who think they "own" that space, I simply say, Grow up!
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