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That’s Not the First Laptop Ruined by Reclining

That’s Not the First Laptop Ruined by Reclining

According to Delta flyers, reclined seats are causing laptop breakage. After the flight takes off and it is announced that electronic devices can once again be used, many passengers use the meal tray as a desk of sorts, setting out their phone, tablets, and laptops. While this make-shift desk used to encounter few problems, some passengers have recently been reporting their laptops broken.

The broken laptops can be credited to none-other than the reclined seat, which already garnered attention last month due to a viral video. According to passengers who have experienced laptop breaks, the issue arises when the person in front quickly, and with no warning, reclines their seat. If it happens just right (speed, angle, size of laptop screen, and where it is on the meal tray) the reclined seat can cause the screen to break (look at what happened to this Delta passenger). FlyerTalkers have been reporting this as an issue, but there remains no rule in place regarding the reclined seat.

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View Comments (11)


  1. largeeyes

    March 3, 2020 at 2:54 am

    Poor seat back design. Allows the screen to become trapped, bent and then broken. Bad Engineering.

  2. Dublin_rfk

    March 3, 2020 at 3:45 am

    There is one rule on reclining YOUR seat.
    Push button. Recliner seat!

  3. htb

    March 3, 2020 at 9:49 am

    The laptop will break if the person behind wedges it between the tray and the recession where the tray is stored. There’s almost no other way to place a laptop into the tray and be able to see the screen.
    Using a laptop this way is reckless. It doesn’t matter how the seat is reclined

  4. IBobi


    March 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm


  5. dvs7310

    March 3, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Enough of the anti-recline articles. You’re the dumb ass who put your laptop screen under the ledge on the seat in front of you. Always assume that the seat will eventually recline and position your screen accordingly. Even if there is no one sitting in the seat, when people go to the toilet, fat Americans still manage to put all their weight on that seat back and push it back a few inches.

    You put your laptop screen under the ledge, you’re asking to get it broken.

  6. diamantaire

    March 4, 2020 at 7:42 am

    A seat with the recline button is meant to recline(except meals /taxi/take-off & landing).
    The tray table is meant for food trays & not laptops or else it would be called laptop table.
    Also the airlines are partially to blame for reducing the space.

  7. psusaver

    March 4, 2020 at 11:39 am

    If you are an idiot and keep the laptop in a position where the screen doesnt fold back but crumples, then yes, of course it will break.
    This does not need an article. In fact just because one crazy person does not like the seat in front to recline doesnt mean this requires constant coverage.

  8. am1108

    March 4, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    This is what happens when 1) The laptop owner shouldn’t have wedged his laptop screen in the seat & 2) Seat pitch is way too narrow…

  9. rthib

    March 5, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    If only there was a way to get more space … Oh that’s right, the airline allow you to pay more and get more space. If you want more space pay for it. Don’t expect everyone else on the plain to subsidize you wants.

  10. MRM

    March 6, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Ah yes, the self-entitled recliners that claim that all space around their space is theirs and everyone else is stupid for thinking otherwise! Such enlightening discourse… Like I sad before: if someone reclines into MY SPACE it will end up being more burdensome and less comfortable naturally over the course of the flight with all the bathroom/walking/standing/etc. breaks I and my row-mates will have to take several times.

    My tray space = MY SPACE. Recline at your own non-enjoyable risk.

  11. FullFare

    March 6, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    reclining is a net use of the guy behind you’s space. Pretty obvious. Polite thing would be to ask the guy behind if he/she minds you taking up his space. The righteous ones who claim they can recline to the limit, without asking as a courtesy, are, in my opinion, selfish.

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