to recline or not to recline? That is the travel question.

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1. Posted by Cottonwood (Respected Member 354 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

So, When you travel by plane, do you recline your backrest of the seat your sitting in.....or not? If it's a short flight or long flight, which one do you do it on, IF you do it?

I don't do it on short or 2 hour flights......but want to do it on longer over seas flights. I always look to see if someone is behind me first, then how big is that person. Also, rarely do i even use the little air conditioner deal for my seat. I'm a warmer, non air flow, type of guy.

So, what about you?

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1407 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

I rarely, if ever, recline my seat, regardless of the length of flight. I just returned today from two flights, one for 2.5 hours and the other for nearly 10 hours. I've taken nonstop flights as long as 17 hours. I don't mind that others recline their seat. Airlines offer that option to passengers so I think it's part of the deal when you fly. I only ask the passenger in front of me to put up his or her seat during meal times to make it easier for me to eat. I ask nicely. When I've finished eating, I'll let the passenger know.

Some airlines have below-average leg room; and as a result the person who reclines often makes it impossible for the passenger behind to use a laptop. I don't use a computer while flying so that is not an issue for me.

I usually turn off the air nozzle above the seat; however I'll leave it open if a person near me is sneezing and coughing. In that situation it's better to keep the air moving.

3. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

I don't. That is because I immediately hit snooze mode when i board the plane and so forget to recline. I can sleep in any position though, so I thought, will not make it very cramp for the person at the back. I'm 5'3 with short stubby legs, so very roomy for me. I can't stand the dry air in airplanes, so I'll switch off the air nozzle, mask up, scarf up, basically just bundle myself into a bag of human. After I sleep, I don't remember if my neighbor will turn back on the air nozzle or not.

I'm more of a hand rest snatcher.

4. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1111 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Short flights no but on longer flight I will eventually recline. I do find it more comfortable especially if I want to catch a few minutes of naps. But it also depends on the plane. There was a plane I was on where the seats were so close together that I had to recline just to get some room though ironically if I wanted to get out of the seat I had to bring it back to straight and squeeze myself out, while another plane it was so roomy that by the end of the flight I realised I hadn't even tried the recline button.

5. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Whatever it is, do not use a airplane recline stopper please. That's the most uncouth thing I have ever seen.

On a side note, Korea Air has one of the roomiest legroom I have ever been on. So much so that I felt its too much since I'm slipping around the area.

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1801 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

If I recline, I only do it a little bit - maybe 4-5 inches. That's for flights during the day, whether short or long. Since 2015 if I am flying at night, I fly business where the seats lie flat without impacting any other passengers space. Before that I think I did recline some on a night flight

I don't fiddle with the air much.

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1332 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

I only recline on long haul overnight flights, and only when the cabin lights are off - and not always then, as I'm a poor sleeper on planes and will often sit up straight to read or watch a film at intervals during the night. I do consider it rude to recline without checking who is behind, and I would always ask if that person hasn't already reclined themselves. I also think it's very inconsiderate to recline during meals, and I'm pleased that on several recent flights there's been an announcement asking people to put their seats upright during meal service.

I do use the air vents occasionally, if I'm finding the plane too hot, but that's fairly rare - I'm usually more likely to be too cold.

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1407 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Please be aware that most airlines have banned the use of the Knee Defender and similar devices that prevent seats from reclining. Also airlines are reducing how much passengers can recline. For example, Delta Air Lines this year began limiting the recline on its A320 aircraft to 2 inches from 4 inches in economy; and 3.5 inches from 5.5 inches in first class.

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2644 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

I have been on a lot of long flights over many years. Most of the time the seat back is not reclined much because I read a lot. When I find it hard to keep my eyes open I do recline the seat, put on my sleep mask and stuff ear plugs in. Just a short nap. I do make sure my seat back is not reclined during meals.

I do believe that I have the right to move the seat back as far as it goes. I am paying for the ticket and if the airline did not want seat backs reclined they would fix it so they can't move or can't move as far.

I don't care for the air things blowing on me, maybe some really stuffy situation turn it on a little.

What would bother me is some guy so fat he cannot fit between the armrests and he wants to lift the shared armrest so his "fatness" touches me! No way! I don't care if they have to pry him out of the seat with a crowbar! At 6 feet 200 pounds I fit between the armrests with room to spare.

I don't like guys who adjust the volume of their headphones so loud you can hear the music 2 seats back. What is he doing to his hearing!!! (Or maybe he is already mostly deaf!)

  • * Long flights where meals are being served remember to clean your seat back tray off! They are nasty! (Think baby diapers being changed on a tray sometimes! I haven't found any diapers in the seat pocket like some people have but I have a found a syringe!)

10. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

I haven't seen any diapers of sort. But I have picked up on a used sick bag before.