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British Airways Bans Reclining Seats?

Flights under four hours will no longer feature reclining seats, starting with new aircraft deliveries

British Airways flyers no longer have to fear for their knees’ safety – but it comes at the loss of one of their core comforts in the skies. The Daily Mail reports the airline will remove reclining seats on short-haul flights by the end of the year as part of a cost-cutting measure.

The new locked seats will be installed on the airline’s new delivery of 35 Airbus A320neo and A321neo airframes, some of which will enter the flag carrier’s fleet by 2018. Current aircraft will be refitted in a cabin overhaul set to add new features to the customer experience.

“We’re also completely refurbishing the cabins of all of our existing A320 and A321 aircraft at Heathrow to improve quality and choice for our customers,” the airline told the Daily Mail in a statement. “We are installing at-seat power throughout the aircraft and will soon offer onboard WiFi.”

The British arm of International Airlines Group has targeted their short-haul domestic cabin for many cost-cutting measures in recent years. In December 2017, the carrier announced they would no longer offer two newspapers to short-haul flyers while introducing fees for meals on those same flights. With the newly announced move, some flyers are comparing British Airways to their low-cost competitors.

“I think I know which airline I will be traveling on after I have burnt all my Avios,” FlyerTalker chongcao wrote in a thread discussing the changes. “Ryanair looks more attractive day by day with its frequent…sales.”

However, some flyers look at the locked seats as an improvement in the passenger experience, claiming there’s no longer a need to fight for legroom with other passengers. “I see the inability to recline seats in short haul a positive!” Tobias-UK writes in the same thread. “I hate it when the passenger in front reclines.”

Overall, flyers have given British Airways’ seats a rating of three stars out of five in Skytrax reviews.

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weero January 18, 2018

I immediately recline after wheels up for the duration of the flight. People who think that they have long legs and that should keep others from reclining are a nuisance and need to be put in their place. I noticed that the worst seat-kickers start long before one has reclined and usually calm down after being confined by the recline for a while. Yet another reason to use the button earlier than later.

kabroui January 12, 2018

Wow..seriously wavery83? Reclining your seat is an anti social nuisance but yet you think it's acceptable to knee people in the back who does so?

scottishpoet January 11, 2018

Not really sure why you have a picture of a 747 with this article as they will not (yet) be fitted with the seats that do not recline, only A320s and A321s Personally I think its great that seat in front of me on my 1 hour flight from London to Glasgow will not recline into me.

amanx January 11, 2018

i never ever recline on shrot haul. I will on an overnight long haul (but only after meal service). Too many idiot flyers will recline immediately, and during meal/drink service. I have no problem with short haul no recline, but think it should be under 4 hours.

wavery83 January 11, 2018

2nd that. Great idea. Reclining is a serious anti-social nuisance and if they do it in front of me they get my knee all flight.