Recline The Seat?

Jan 18th, 2007, 05:15 AM
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I have mixed thoughts on this, but I think it depends on the airplane. Usually, the person in front of you can recline and you can still sit as comfortably as possible in coach.

However, there must be some planes that prohibit this -- and I was one one a year or so ago. I could barely MOVE when this person reclined let alone eat dinner. I had to ask the attendant to have the person in front of me sit up. It was awful.

I agree that coach is really just an awful situation, no matter what you do.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:21 AM
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The answer is obvious. Don't fly Continental. Any flight attendant who wakes you up AFTER dinner and tells you to bring your seat forward is not doing the airline a service. Besides, the "Fasten Seatbelt Sign" is always on when you fly Continental. People should not be going to the bathroom.

On a recent Qantas flight, we were asked to bring the seats forward during the meal, which is only fair. But Qantas has a real meal, which includes real wine, before dinner drinks, ice cream and hot chocolate. Continentals meals are $5 for this and $5 for that in economy.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:25 AM
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Does Continental charge for meals? I thought that was only American.

Has anybody used these knee defenderes? There was a thread several years ago about this same subject.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:28 AM
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That is outrageous!!! I would have politely told the flight attendant that seats recline for a reason, and that unless the whole plane was asked to do the same I wouldn't comply. If the people behind you are so fat that they can't get out with your seat reclined they should buy business class or first class seats!
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:30 AM
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I sounds like the person behind you had a big behind and wanted more room. I would have looked to see if they had their seats reclined.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:33 AM
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I can't believe what I am reading here. Is this a new "right" , the "right" to uncramped space in coach?? I would suggest that those of you that have a problem with seats that recline in coach buy your seat in first class .

As long as the seats recline I am planning to keep doing it. The seats are uncomfortable enough as they are!
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:39 AM
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I flew with Ryanair and easyJet this week and both planes (newish 737-800 and Airbus 319) had fixed, non-reclining seats.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:39 AM
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I fly Continental and they do not charge for meals. I live in Houston- which is a Continental hub- so I'm going to make Continental my airline of choice. Just becasue your seat reclines all the way should not indicate that in all instances one should feel free to recline all the way. Alot depends on the circumstances- meal time keep those seats upright. Obviously if the seat behind you is vacant (fat chance these days on that happening) then recline to your hearts content. otherwise use good judgement. If its a short person behind you its less of an issue. If its a very tall person- then your head may wind up under his chin - so yes recline but maybe not all the way.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:59 AM
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When we were on a Virgin flight from BOS to LGW a couple of years ago, an elderly Irish woman (70's?) became so angry with the people in front of her reclining that she began kicking their seats. The flight attendants had to threaten her with arrest on arrival for air rage. She got hers when they moved the 'offenders' to whatever Virgin calls economy plus.

I'm 6'3" and am not wild about it when the people in front of me recline, but it hasn't been a problem on overseas flights, though I _do_ have sometimes to use the back of their seat to get in and out, though I don't try deliberately to bother them.

It is more problematic on some domestic flights where legroom is even more horrible, and I will not twist and cramp my legs so that someone else can -- good image -- recline as if they were in a dental chair.

When someone's head is in my face, I find that gently breathing on them, especially after some garlic chicken, often makes them reposition themselves! I don't _deliberately_ breathe on them, but I certainly see no reason to go out of my way to avoid it!
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Jan 18th, 2007, 06:14 AM
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Ackislander, that's funny. I'll have to remember to take lots of garlic pills on my next transatlantic flight.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 06:19 AM
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Being rather tall myself, I usually don't move my knees when the person in front of me attempts to quickly and fully recline. If they are comfortable with my knees gouging their back for 8 hours, so be it. At least I have a little comfort myself. I always make it a point to look behind me and ask before reclining if I am going to nap. On one flight, the woman(rather large in a muumuu) reclined her seat very quickly into DH's knees, complained, etc. He literally could not move his knees elsewhere without having his legs in the aisle (which the flight attendent told him to do!!! this didn't work during meal service needless to say). The large woman was given a bottle of champaign for her discomfort! DH flies over 100k miles with this particular airline but ended up on coach with no alternative for that flight....good thing it was 'only 6 hours!'
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Jan 18th, 2007, 06:32 AM
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I typically don't recline because I have found it easier to nap by leaning forward onto my folded arms (w/small pillow) onto the tray. If the seat in front reclines, however, this is more difficult to do.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 06:41 AM
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In my humble opinion, flying economy is horrible under the "best" of circumstances. First of all they make you go through first and business class to GET to economy, making it even MORE painfull. LOL When I flew to Paris in November last year, the woman in front of me reclined her seat immediately and did not put her seat up the entire trip, even to eat. I'm fairly tall, so my seat tray was resting on my knees. It was horrible. I managed to make do, but what totally pi---- me off was when I needed to get up to stretch and go to the bathroom, I jostled the back of her seat and she was VERY displeased with me. I was like a contortionist trying to get out of my seat without pulling on the back of hers, but I couldn't help bumping it. I was thinking that "the finger" was appropriate in response but contained myself and just ignored her and did the best I could. I also don't know the "F" word in french. I wasn't going to argue with her right to recline her seat, but it would have been nice if she could have been a bit more considerate.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 06:41 AM
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I'm not a little guy, but I've never experienced any type of problem with people in front of me reclining their seats. Do some people have huge monster heads so that when someone in front of them fully reclines the recliner ends up in their face?

Certainly at meal time, all seats should go up.

I have a back problem and have to change my seat angle frequently during a flight (and get up to walk around and stretch). If you weren't supposed to recline, then they wouldn't make seats that recline.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 06:54 AM
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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:04 AM
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It's about civility, courtesy and communications.

If the OP had raised his seats during meal time, that would indicate to the person behind that he is a considerate person. Chances are that lady would just ask the OP to accommodate her briefly while she gets in and out of her seat going to the bathroom, presumably because she was person-of-size (POS), and/or she had mobility problems.

But since the OP hadn't shown that courtesy during mealtime, that lady behind probably felt the OP might be a difficult person to deal with, and therefore had to ask the FA to get involved.

I understand that the OP probably just went to sleep and didn't use his meal, but unfortunately, the person behind may not know or understand it.

Anyways, CO's 757 is very cramped going to Europe. It's probably the least comfortable aircraft to fly across the Atlantic.

And I have to say that I have flown hundreds (if not over a thousand) of flights in my life, and I always recline my seat for basically as long as I'm allowed, except for mealtime. I have never had a confrontation with anybody about seat recline.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:09 AM
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The person in front of me has reclined their seat in every single overnight flight that I've taken. And I understand, because sleeping on an overnigh flight upright is pretty difficult. It's just part of the experience of flying coach.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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Your response was perfect.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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I'm 5'1", not overweight and always sit on the aisle but when the person in front reclines their seat fully, I can barely slide out of my seat.
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