I left work sick yesterday and spent the afternoon channel surfing. CNN had a thing about the latest air rage issue with reclining your seat in flight.
What is my take on this situation? Well, the seats do recline, so as a passenger you are entitled to recline that seat. But, don't be a dick about it. Don't just forget that you may have someone behind you and just whip your seat back. If you don't want to observe and address your surroundings, simple recline your seat slowly. The passenger behind you should take note of what is happening and move his coffee cup or laptop so that there is no spill of coffee or laptop damange done.
Or, if you want to take the uber polite approach, look back and tell the person you are going to recline. Say it with a big smile, and let them make room for you.
What do I do? I just slowly recline without saying anything. Actually, I usually look back and make sure I am not going to knock something over, and then slowly recline my seat.
Well, let me back track a bit...I usually don't recline my seat all that often. And let me add that I am about 6'1" so one would think I need it.
For the visual, this is me at my sister's wedding. I was the matron of honor, and the best man was about 5'6"...give or take. I did have about 2" heals on, so I was about 6'3" that day. I was also about 22 weeks pregnant with CC here...ahhhhh!
And because I can't resist, here is a picture showing my little bump...I will forever cherish this picture!
ok...back on topic at hand...yes, I am that tall, and no I don't need all that much leg room? Why? Because I am not overweight. Since I am not overweight, I actually take up less room in that seat that someone that is overweight. My knees don't touch the seat in front me of, even in an RJ, because I sink back into the seat. I don't have extra cushion behind me, or under me for that matter, to take up that cherished room.
Usually the flights I am on aren't all that long, so I just sit with both feet on the ground and not make a big deal with reclining. If I am on a longer flight, I figure that everyone is reclining, so I am just part of the chain.
So, those are my $.02 on this topic.