Copping the middle seat, screaming toddlers, delays – there’s loads to get mad about when flying. But one traveller claims she has identified the single most diabolical and completely unforgivable act a passenger could ever commit.
“There’s one thing I hate about flying, and it’s not the overpriced tickets or the baby crying three rows ahead of me in economy class,” wrote Anna Gingras for Outside Magazine. “It’s the people who recline their seats with total disregard for the person behind them.”
She said reclining in flights longer than four or five hours, but people who recline on a two-hour midday flight deserve to “miss [their] connection and get stuck at LaGuardia Airport without even an $8 coffee to comfort [them].”
Gingras has her tongue planted firmly in her cheek throughout the post until the last paragraph, when she came for blood.
“The thing is, you know you suck when you hit that recline button, but just in case you truly are ignorant, hear this: your actions have direct consequences for the people around you — any space you take is taken from someone else.”
The article was shared on Twitter by Chris Wilson, and the internet is divided.
“Most important article I’ve ever posted: People Who Recline Their Airplane Seats Are Monsters,” Wilson joked.
Some passengers were quick to side with the recliners of the world.
“As a frequent traveller I’ve never understood this perspective,” wrote Steve Peoples. “Shouldn’t you be angry at the airline for selling a cramped seat? Or yourself for not paying for more space? If I pay for a seat that reclines I’m going to recline.”
“As a 5’1″ tall woman the back of my head hits the top of the seat where most people’s necks hit, forcing my head forward for the duration of the flight, causing neck pain at times for days if the flight is long,” said Martha Sheridan. “Reclining my seat slightly alleviates the problem somewhat.”
Others sided with Anna Gingras, expressing their irritation with seat recliners.
“Strong agreement!” wrote Dan Hoffman. “In the end you’re left with two options: everybody reclines or nobody reclines. The latter is obviously preferable.”
Nick Schulz additionally shares a photo of his comically squished legs.
Twitter user @PhilTravelz threw out the wild idea that neither the recliners or the recliner haters are the problem. “Maybe we should be mad at the airlines for installing seats that recline but removing all leg room creating a problem that shouldn’t exist.”
Whoever’s side you’re on, being courteous and communicating with your seatmate before reclining is always a good move.