One inflight debate which seems to bring strong feelings from both sides is the right to recline your seat (during a flight).
Some people feel that it is rude to recline your seat while others feel that if the seat reclines then it is your right to do so.
While I might not recline during a flight or recline all of the way if I do, I’d have to say that I’ll side with those that feel, if the seat reclines, then I’m allowed to.
For instance, on July 4, Kim, Lucas and I were flying home from Nicaragua. On our flight from Miami back to NYC, out of nowhere the seat in front of me reclined rather fast onto my knees. A second later, the young guy sitting in the seat turned around and asked if I minded.
That was polite of him but what could I say?
While I would’ve preferred if his seat wasn’t fully reclined, who am I to say no it isn’t? The airline allows the seat to recline therefore, this passenger had the right to do so if it made him more comfortable.
I feel that this is a pretty rational way to look at this debate. For those of you that disagree, feel free to make your arguments in the comments below.
I came across a crazy story from Mashable, “Man Fined $400 For Abusive Behavior In Mid-Air Fight Over Reclining Plane Seat“.
According to the article, a 38-year-old man, Shane Matthew Diedrichs “got upset when the passenger in front of him, a doctor, refused to put his seat back in the upright position on a flight from Wellington to Brisbane on Virgin Australia last November“.
What I felt made this story odd was Diedrichs’ reasoning for what he did during the flight. He wasn’t really so upset that the seat was reclined, he became very angry due to how the passenger in front of him rudely responded to his request!
Witnesses on the flight said that Diedrichs “became so agitated that he began pushing, kicking and kneeing the doctor’s seat“.
The doctor claims to have suffered whiplash due to Diedrichs’ behavior.
The judge saw that Diedrichs was remorseful and fined him the equivalent of $400 US for abusive behavior, avoiding being charged for assault.
I don’t know… Rude or not, does this justify Diedrichs assault on the seat of the passenger in front of him?
Find out more about the story from Mashable here.