There are many very irritating things about air travel. But according to travel writer Abbey Gingras, those who thoughtlessly recline their seats at-will – especially on short flights – are the real menaces of the skies. She asks passengers to think long and hard before they lean back.
Many things about air travel are annoying and even downright uncomfortable, but according to travel writer Abbey Gingras, those passengers who recline their seats at-will are the absolute bane of the cabin.
This is especially true, she says, of those who opt to recline on short-haul journeys. Writing in Outside, she clarifies her position, saying, “Let me be clear: reclining is perfectly acceptable on flights longer than, say, four or five hours, especially if it’s an overnighter. If you are flying long enough to need real sleep, recline away.”
“But if you’re reclining your seat on a two-hour, midday puddle jump, I hope you miss your connection and get stuck at LaGuardia Airport without even an $8 coffee to comfort you,” Gingras adds.
Given the ever-shrinking size of plane seats and the similar increase in passenger density in the cabin, she entreats fellow travelers to think before they recline.
“Let’s get real. Those extra three degrees of slope on your reclined seat back aren’t going to make you more comfortable. Your legroom isn’t magically larger. All you’re doing is encroaching upon the person behind you who also paid $324 to be shipped to Dallas,” she writes.
And if there was any doubt surrounding Gingras’ feelings about those who lie back without a thought, she finishes her piece by saying, “The thing is, you know you suck when you hit that recline button, but just in case you truly are ignorant, hear this: your actions have direct consequences for the people around you—any space you take is taken from someone else.”
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