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September 5, 2014

Fight on plane over reclining seatsWe don’t know if you’ve been paying attention, but reclining airplane seats have become a hot topic these days. It has gotten so bad that flights have been diverted to remove the unruly passengers from the plane. Read below…

Today, Peter Greenberg sat down on CBS This Morning to discuss the hot travel issue right now: air rage over seats that recline, and seats that don’t…and the overall state (and size and movement) of airline seats.

Back in June, we posted a travel tip about gadgets that make it easier to sit in coach. One of the items mentioned was the Knee Defender, which Peter first reported on back in 2007. Since then, it’s been used by passengers to literally prevent the person sitting in front of them from reclining their seat.

Even frequent travelers can disagree about whether to recline or not. But the truth is, when the person in front of you reclines, you get even less space, and sometimes, no space at all.

All of this comes at a time when most airlines have been trying to add even more seats to their coach sections (translation: additional revenue). How do they do it? By removing closets, bulkheads, and in some cases, even lavatories.

At the same time, they have narrowed the width of many seats from 18.5 inches to 16.5 inches. The seat pitch (the space between the edge of your seat and the seat in front of you) has also decreased, along with the amount a seat can recline.

In some cases, it’s gone from 32 inches to 28 inches—and yes, it makes a huge difference. To compound matters, the size of OUR seats (as in butts) has increased. On average, Americans weigh 30 pounds more than we did in the 1970′s.

Watch the video from today’s segment, and learn Peter’s tips for getting some secret coach seats:

Small Seats, Short Tempers – How Airlines are Cramming More Passengers on Board

Here are a few comments on the subject:

  • If I “purchase” a seat. It is MY seat. You cannot do anything to alter it in any way any more than I should be allowed to alter yours. I build in sleep time to any flight I take. I will recline when I want to recline. You have access to just as much space as everyone else. If you need more space, then recline your seat.
  • When I take my seat and put on my seatbelt, I assess the space that my butt takes up, my arms and my shoulders. The space that is in front of me between my knees and the seat in front of me, and the space between my face and the seat in front of me. I regard that as MY SPACE and I do not intend to change MY SPACE nor do I expect anyone else to infringe upon MY SPACE. They have an equal amount as I do and they can do with IT as they please. If YOU want to sleep on your flight, do it in the evening as everyone else does but do not expect to nap in MY LAP during the day in MY SPACE.
  • I am on the fence about this. I need to recline if I’m having 5 hours or sitting; bolt upright is not an option. BUT I also am aware that I could inconvenience someone who is simply trying to eat a meal behind me if I lean back too far. So I virtually never recline all the way anymore because of this.

    I’ve had a small 13″ laptop that was STILL affected by people leaning all the way back, even when I don’t have it on the tray so that argument of getting a weak notebook does not “fly”. A tablet has a better chance.

    And why are we not blaming the greedy airlines for this mess? It’s like shrinking a cage on a group of rats and watching all of the claws come out as the space evaporates. Until they actually care about our comfort more than their bottom-lines, it’s not going to get easier for fliers.

  • I only fly to Las Vegas on Alligiant Air and their seats do not recline and that makes everyone equal and happy…

How do you feel about passengers reclining their seats in front of you? How do you feel about reclining in front of a passenger? Take our poll to let us know!

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!


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Peter Greenberg

Original article link: http://petergreenberg.com/2014/09/04/controversy-reclining-seats/