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Man Throws Now-Viral Temper Tantrum When Woman Reclines Seat

Man Throws Now-Viral Temper Tantrum When Woman Reclines Seat
Taylor Rains

Should you or should you not recline your seat during a flight? The debate has surfaced once again after an American Airlines passenger Tweeted a video of a man punching her reclined seat. The video has since gone viral.

The Video

The video was posted by passenger Wendi Williams who said the man behind her was aggressively punching her seat after she reclined. She wrote in her Tweet, “Here’s a great jackhole! He was angry that I reclined my seat and punched it about 9 times – HARD, at which point I began videoing him, and he resigned to this behavior.” The behavior appears to be constant thumping on the woman’s seat while watching a video on his phone.

American Airlines’ Response

According to Wendi, the flight attendant did not help her or seem to be concerned about her situation but instead offered the man a free alcoholic beverage because she filmed him without his consent. She Tweeted, “The other jackhole is the @AmericanAir flight attendant who reprimanded me and offered him rum!”

When American asked Wendi to reach out to the company, she responded, “You clearly want me to do this quietly through a DM. I’m done being quiet! I’ve had extensive neck surgeries – my cervical spine is completed fused … I’ve lost time at work, had to visit a doctor, got x-rays, and have had horrible headaches for a week.”

NBC News obtained a statement from the airline saying they were “looking into the issue” and “the safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority.”

Twitter Response

Some Twitter users came to Wendi’s defense. One commented, “How people can defend this passive aggressive man is beyond me. Seats recline for a reason. When you take a seat in the last row, you consent to all discomforts associated with it. Otherwise, spend extra for more comfort.” Another said, “If he doesn’t like reclining seats he should have taken it up with the airline. They recline for a reason and can be used.”

On the other hand, some people berated Wendi, claiming she was in the wrong. One posted, “You lose, Wendi. He may be acting childish but you’re proud of being inconsiderate and over-privileged. He deserved the rum for having to deal with you thinking you could lay your head in his lap.”

Although many people pointed the finger at the man or Wendi, there was a third player in this ring that some users say should be to blame for the incident – American Airlines. One person Tweeted, “Stop blaming each other. Airlines are HOPING you guys will fight.” Another noted, “Blame the airlines for stuffing passengers like sardines and not innovating cabins in 70 years. Not some lady reclining a chair that’s meant to.” A third said, “Worth noting the true villain would be the airlines themselves which have spent the past few decades making the flying experience ever more horrific, from jamming seats ever closer together to even forcibly tossing people off these miserable flights for overbooking.”


Who do you think is in the wrong? Let us know in the comments!

View Comments (62)


  1. bsdstone

    February 13, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    I once said…”excuse me, can you move your seat up for just a second because my headphone cord got caught”…they did, and I removed my headphone cord, and they reclined backwards…just like a seat is intended to do. Man…it was CRAZY!

  2. Tesla1856

    February 13, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I am mainly in Economy Plus seats these days, but when I am stuck in Basic Economy – due to height – you cant put your seat back more than an inch anyway as my knees stop you. Had more than once – someone seem confused as to why there seat was barely moving back… and my response is “thats all my body will allow you to recline”.

  3. Marilu

    February 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Some people call the man “passive” aggressive. There was no “passive” about it. He was overt about it and AA sided with him.

  4. IBJoel

    February 13, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Free in-flight massage? Step it up, everyone else, AA has you beat.

  5. FullFare

    February 13, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Well, the guy punching her was wrong to do that. But, the righteous recliners, in this day of seats packed together too much, should recognize that reclining into another’s seat is a zero-sum game. You take more space for yourself at the expense of the guy behind you.

    I never recline, unless the seat behind me is empty. Given the config of seating these days, I think it is selfish. Even in F, if the guy in front of me reclines, I often can’t get out of my seat to use the bathroom.

    Airlines created this mess, and we have to deal with it, unfortunately

  6. CaliforniaSteve

    February 13, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    I’d say both of them were “jackholes”. If you want to recline your seat, first let the person behind you know you intend to do it. That’s called courtesy. If you’re in the back and someone reclines into you, there’s no call to be aggressive about it. There’s this thing called a question, and you politely ask the person in front of you if they can recline a little bit less because you’d like to get your knees out from behind your ears.

    And as far as Wendi taking video of Slugger, that’s wrong. While there’s no expectation of privacy while out in public, common decency should tell you not to video other people without their permission.

    I’ve been in Slugger’s situation while on a LCC in Asia. Last row, window seat that didn’t recline and the person in front of me reclined almost immediately after takeoff. Uncomfortable? Oh, you bet. At 6’3″ tall in a seat that had 28″ pitch, it was a pretty miserable 2+ hours. But them’s the breaks. That was the last LCC flight I ever took. Now I just pay the extra bucks (which usually isn’t all that much) and fly mainline.

  7. rjpjr

    February 13, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Anyone else think it looks like this incident is taking place in F? Looks like Mr. Pounder has plenty of room and simply wants to pick a fight. And, yes, I will recline my seat unless a meal is being served. That’s the worst – departure from the US to Europe and two minutes after takeoff the “sleepers” go to work with their eyeshades, pillows, and seat-backs at full recline. Anyone who expects to eat has to wake them up and they DO get very offended.

  8. mvoight

    February 13, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    The FA should have taken a different action, because seats are designed to recline. The guy wasn’t trying to get further from her seat as he was leaning FORWARD with his head closer to her seat. Additionally, there is NO VALID REASON for the FA to consider his punching the seat back as excusable

  9. Porgy

    February 13, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    I doubt he would have punched the seat had a man been sitting there. He is a bully.

  10. divrdrew

    February 13, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    We were on a flight from Dominica to Puerto Rico a few years back. The woman behind my wife kept hitting her seat, even harder than the guy in this video. I finally turned around and asked what her problem was as our whole row shook every time she hit the seat. Got the FA involved and the FA calmly explained to her that it was my wife’s right to recline her seat. End of story.

    We have every right to recline our seats…heck, some announcements even say “sit back, recline your seat, and enjoy the service” or something similar. It’s impossible to sleep fully vertical and the seats are not that comfortable in a fully vertical position. That said, I always try to be courteous around meal times, but otherwise, I recline mine. If they don’t want us to recline, airlines need to make the seats fully rigid so they don’t recline.

  11. Gynob001

    February 13, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Recline or not, why was he punching the seat in front of him? He is aggressive. You can request the person in front not to recline, but you can’t enforce no-recline or take punitive action, as the seat, as purchased came with a reclining mechanism.
    AA should compensate both but punish the man.

  12. SpartyAir

    February 13, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    The solution to this ongoing problem is so easy that it boggles the mind. All the airlines have to do is to make the first several rows in each cabin have seats that do not recline, Heck, it could be another great fee to increase the airline’s bottom line by charging a fee to sit in the reclining section.

    I don’t care what any of you think, but the recliners are the biggest inconsiderate idiots in the world.

  13. LukeO9

    February 13, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    For the life of me I don’t understand the controversy.
    If YOUR seat reclines, the space it goes into is also yours. EOS..

  14. gaelflyer

    February 14, 2020 at 4:22 am

    This is the fault of the regulations, reclining seats should simply be banned in any row with limited pitch.

  15. PapaJack

    February 14, 2020 at 4:31 am

    When the whole seats were reconfigured to have even more people on a place, they should also have changed the amount a seat can recline. One option is that a person doesn’t recline to the max, something you rarely see happening. I don’t recline in E or EC as that’s a preference for me. If the person in front of me reclines, I ask them to go upright if food is served but usually the FA will ask on my behalf before I get a chance.

    Both parties were in the wrong here, but this is where we are now in this world. Compromise, common decency and common sense are things of another generation, it seems.

  16. disalex

    February 14, 2020 at 4:36 am

    The airlines designed seats that are too narrow for the average mans shoulders and we blame the people. The airlines keep reducing pitch, which is really the cause of the recline issue and once again we want to blame the people.
    Keep drinking the kool aid

  17. frostbite

    February 14, 2020 at 4:54 am

    Whether or not a passenger has physical problems, when they pay for a reclining seat, they are entitled to recline it. If you don’t like seats in front of you relining, get a seat in an exit row.

  18. marjiep

    February 14, 2020 at 5:01 am

    The hitter was overtly, openly hostile and aggressive. Such behavior wouldn’t be acceptable from a child… yet he continues and is further reinforced for his behavior by the FA with a rum drink. Yea, FA, that’s the way to deal with/control someone who has a deficit in impulse control and rational thought. It’s Dirty Fighting (ref. Parent Effectiveness Training, Ca 1985). Filming him? In light of his abuse of the seat, the escalation and repetition, this may have devolved into a physical attack on her. Caution indicates to start filming. On a tangential note: Why was he reinforced for abusing American Airline’s seat??? the back is shaking… and I do acknowledge the severity of her neck problems, with the jostling. Shame on him. Shame on the FA– was she too afraid of him?

  19. DeltaFlyer123

    February 14, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Don’t make seats that recline in economy class.

  20. dbfact

    February 14, 2020 at 5:09 am

    People who do not have back/hip problems continue to characterize reclining as a ‘space’ issue. It is a physical issue for my back/hips – not related to how much ‘space’ I’m trying to create.

  21. DeltaFlyer123

    February 14, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Regarding the expectation of privacy, that may work in a private place, but not in public. The only recourse is that when someone’s image is used to make a profit, perhaps the subject can sue for some of that profit. But especially when someone is attacking another person, how can he expect privacy at the same time? Gimme a break!

  22. mm48

    February 14, 2020 at 5:28 am

    I’m a 3 million miler so I’ve been exposed to about everything on flights, including low-lifes like this guy. Wendy has every right to recline and she does not need to ask permission to do so. Anyone who needs more space to do whatever it is they think they are entitled to do on a flight needs to spring for a first class ticket, and the flight attendant in this case needs to be properly re-trained.

  23. MitchR

    February 14, 2020 at 5:29 am

    The airlines banned Knee Defenders a few years back so they obviously have a position on seat reclining. I believe that in cattle car coach the upright position is to give passengers the ability to get out in an emergency. The recline isn’t that severe. I struggle with being able to work on my notebook computer when the seat in front of me is reclined, but that is the way it goes in economy.

  24. arcticflier

    February 14, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Assume when you fly on a commercial aircraft that the seat in front of you will have the mechanical ability to recline and the person seated in the seat in front of you may exercise that right granted by the carrier.

    If I am in front of you then you can bet I will be reclined and sleeping and should anyone go PSYCHO like this guy then I will be filing assault charges just like this woman is now choosing to do.

  25. Oxnardjan

    February 14, 2020 at 6:26 am

    Airlines created this mess. The “pounder” is in the last row, his seat does not recline. Both passengers are at fault for creating this mess. Now Wendi is suing for medical issues, she has the right to recline, but it wasn’t kind to see that this man’s seat was horrible. Now the “pounder” was WRONG in doing what he did, but now he knows, NEVER book that last seat against the bulkhead, a very bad design and these seats should be heavily discounted.

  26. Scott Kiwi

    February 14, 2020 at 6:31 am

    I have politely asked the person who reclines to reconsider given the lack of room I get when their seat is reclined. They have always complied.
    If they don’t, I then recline my seat to get more space.Sorry, gal behind me!

  27. Dublin_rfk

    February 14, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Just another reason to fly AA. NOT!

  28. Disneymkvii

    February 14, 2020 at 6:50 am

    I’m as amazed by the comments here as on Twitter. I could care less if the person in front of me reclines. I don’t board an airplane and sit in non-premium seats with the expectation that i’ll have unlimited free space around me. What a bunch of amazingly selfish brats in this world….

  29. velcro_dog

    February 14, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Several years ago I was in first class on United. It was a late flight and the guy in front of me decided to nap. He reclined his seat. And the damned seat was defective because he was able to recline it back so far he was almost in my lap. I could have given him a scalp massage without having to reach very far. I tagged the FA, who saw what was certainly a defective seat and said she couldn’t do anything about it. ‘Sounds like a problem, glad it’s not mine.” As an earlier poster remarked about the seat banger – had the person in front been a man, there would have been no banging – I was certain that if my seat reclined into the lap of the MAN behind me, the FA would have made me correct the issue. RHIP – and so does gender.

  30. cairns

    February 14, 2020 at 7:04 am

    I bet he wouldn’t have done it if there were a man in front of him…..that feckless coward should be banned from AA at least for awhile. And yes those are first class seats.

  31. two37

    February 14, 2020 at 7:50 am

    This has already been said but I’m in full agreement that the seats should be fixed to just not recline, period. There’s not enough room to begin with un-reclined. This IS the airlines fault and can so easily be remedied; it is curious why they don’t?

  32. binkata

    February 14, 2020 at 7:57 am

    From what I’ve read on other sites, a few facts:

    1. This was on an AA flight from MSY-CLT (scheduled as approx 2 hours total time, so more like 1:40ish actual?), served by an E175 regional jet. A little internet searching shows that there’s a little window in the wall behind the last row, just forward of the rear door.

    2. The man had asked the woman earlier if she could un-recline so that he could finish eating, and she did oblige.

    So she reclined again after that and recorded the video afterwards. While I understand the resentment of being in a recline-restricted seat behind someone who finds the need to fully recline for a short daytime flight, the man’s reaction is completely inexcusable.

    He should have asked if she could recline less, but do people even know how to compromise anymore?

    (Side note: I’ve felt similarly abused on long-haul flights by people who don’t understand that the infotainment touchscreen doesn’t actually respond better if you just tap harder.)

  33. izzyizzo

    February 14, 2020 at 8:50 am

    What’s not mentioned here is the YX FA gave the woman a passenger disturbance notice. YX FAs tend to be highly professional which makes me think there’s much more to this story.

  34. Ifti Khan

    February 14, 2020 at 9:47 am

    when you pay for a ticket and that does include the seat …duh…it also includes the amenities (read that as ability to recline) of the seat and the slight amount of space around it. On a red eye flight would the dumbass guy have done the same? Too much power has been given to the crew. I usually am on the flight crews side, but if it was as it was stated, then I am on Wendi’s side.

  35. lstag1

    February 14, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Why do seats recline if a passenger is not supposed to avail one self of it? Why was baldy in the last row?

  36. sfcharles1

    February 14, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Come on, folks. Just because the seats were designed to recline– 30 years ago– does not mean it’s ok to slam back into someone’s space todauy. The airlines have added 30% more seats from when these seats were made, and there is NO space to recline into without severely disturbing the person behind you. If you know what you do is going to negatively impact someone DO NOT DO IT. It’s kindergarden manners here. : DO NOT RECLILNE YOUR SEAT, because if you do you are invariably going to hit somene’s knees, or at the very least intrude into their minimal space. It is rude and inconsiderate. Don’t.
    HAVE SOME COURTESY. Sit there like a grown up and start whining.
    Write to the airlines about being treated like cattle. Because not only have they added more seats, they have also cut the number of flight attendants… sacrificing service and now safety. So be heard… write your complaints to the airlines every time you fly. Do something to help everyone who flies…but do not put your seat back, because you KNOW you will be offending someone if you do. And that’s not nice.
    And for my part I will tell you: I do not ever recline my seat. I am a very tall man and have had my knees bruised and coffee spilled into my lap by as*holes who dart their chairs back… so I know how it feels, and therefore would never dream of doing that to someone else.
    Isn’t that what we all learned in kindergarten?

  37. mikeschumann

    February 14, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    If you don’t want to have someone recline the seat in front of you, fly Spirit.

  38. Asknorm

    February 14, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Let me understand some of the reasoning I am reading on this particular post. I buy a seat that gives me XXX space and when I use the space allotted to me I am the rude one? LOL, seriously? I am sure the bozo would have refrained from his behavior if he knew it was a male in front of him.

  39. Asknorm

    February 14, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Let me understand some of the reasoning I am reading on this particular post. I buy a seat that gives me XXX space and when I use the space allotted to me I am the rude one? LOL, seriously? I am sure the bozo would have refrained from his behavior if he knew it was a male in front of him. I would have had to restrain myself.

  40. Ron Mexico

    February 14, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    I always try to be productive and work on my laptop during flights. I almost got into a fight with the passenger in front who jammed his seat back and I hit the seat to save my laptop from breaking — it was caught under the trey table holder.

    The seats should slide forward — allowing the passenger to give up foot room in exchange to recline. Except it doesn’t work that way — instead when somebody reclines it provides extra space with no trade offs.

    I wish they would just lock or limit the recline

  41. PointsPanda

    February 14, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    In years of flying i’ve never had anyone ask if they can recline, i’ve never seen someone get upset that i’ve reclined, and i’ve never heard that reclining is considered rude, I think this is just a flyertalk thing.

    Although i’m 33 years young I have lower back issues and reclining even just the 5-10 degrees the airlines provide really makes a more comfortable flight for me, so I specifically take airlines and planes that give you that extra recline its included in the ticket price so why wouldn’t I use it?

    Of course if its meal time on a long haul, and someone asks me politely if I can sit staright for the meal service, then yes I would happily comply, but would not be obligated to.

    Honestly as a frequent flyer it doesn’t cost that much to upgrade to economy confort (or take airlines like jetblue and interjet that give everone 34″) and be more comfortable, is this bothers you so much.

    My two cents, a person reclining, though inconveniencing you has done NOTHING wrong, and no they do not have an obligation or even a courtesy to ask you. I wouldn’t do so because if they say no then you’re in a very awkward position.

    The only thing I do is if I recline, I double check that the person in front of me isn’t eating or using their traytable to make sure things don’t go flying, that is an expected courtesy, other than that, recline away people!

  42. Grog

    February 14, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    It’s quite disturbing to read all of the “both parties were wrong” nonsense. How can punching the aircraft seat of a stranger in front of you ever be right? Get some deep reflection in, folks.

  43. Xrayman

    February 14, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Common courtesy expectations meets sense of entitlement and you get this result.

    Although I don’t recline when sitting in coach I fully expect others to do so and pleasantly surprised when they don’t. I don’t assume or presume they should accommodate me.

    Many want the extras and are given the opportunity to choose the extra legroom when booking tickets but many choose not to purchase the offering and are resentful when they receive the product they chose.

  44. weero


    February 14, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Assuming that the reporting of the victim is accurate here, then Twitter and nice discussions are the wrong avenue to go.

    This is basically, a man punching a woman. Especially, if she fell nauseous afterward. She should have recorded it, as she did but she should have also have reported a physical assault and ask the crew to have law enforcement upon arrival.

    It is ok to have a the weird debate over how nice recline is but physical violence needs to be stopped early in its track.

    The problem with the social media thing is that we get just one side, so I wouldn’t bet that this is he whole story.

  45. Moyerclan

    February 15, 2020 at 1:05 am

    I would have thought the jostling and normal rough motion of the small plane she was in would be more irritating to her neck then the tapping on the side of the seat that I saw in the video. I think she over reacted and should have left her seat up in such crowded space.

  46. pulokk1

    February 15, 2020 at 7:00 am

    to SFCharles:

    “…does not mean it’s ok to slam back into someone’s space…”

    Did you read the article? She hardly did what you so dramatically imply.

    We all get that seat space is ridiculously small and it becomes less so when someone reclines.

    What’s next: it’s OK to punch the passenger next to you because they put their arm on your mutual armrest?

    Who acted out in this scenario? Baldy McCreeper. Who apparently rewarded it? Clueless F.A.

  47. MRM

    February 15, 2020 at 7:16 am

    LOL! The “if the seat reclines, I’m entitled to recline it!” crowd is out in force, baby!

    Here’s the deal: if you recline into my space, thereby taking it from me and not allowing me to use all the space that I paid for, I’ll ask you once politely to please sit back up. If you decline, my legs and back often tighten up much more quickly and often than normal, meaning I have to pull myself up on the top of your headrest 2-3 time per hour. When you add in my seatmates going/returning from the restroom, that means you’ll probably be pulled on 7-8 times per hour.

    But hey – it’s only “your paid-for space” that matters, right? Not my paid-for space.

    Yeah right. I guess we’ll see about that.

  48. MRM

    February 15, 2020 at 7:26 am

    FYI: all the geniuses above that believe that you should have to spend even MORE money to the space you pay for already in Economy = that’s some of the most asinine nonsense I’ve read. Why is impeding upon someone else’s space – that includes the tray area to the ceiling – considered “legit recline space because my chair reclines and if they didn’t want us to recline they wouldn’t have reclining chairs”? I mean, talk about the height of arrogance with a strong mix of stupidity!

  49. elkhornne

    February 15, 2020 at 8:23 am

    I disagree with the guy hitting the ladies seat. If it had been my wife I would be in jail and the guy would be in the hospital.

  50. Crismyth

    February 15, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    recliners are selfish assholes especially those who hide behind the the airline provides these seat so it is my right excuse.

  51. CDTraveler

    February 15, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Under no circumstances is it acceptable to repeatedly punch another pax, their seat or their belongings. The woman was right document his actions, and I hope he ends up in jail. The FA who gave the woman the passenger disturbance notice needs to be reprimanded for ignoring physical aggression by one passenger against another.

    This isn’t about someone reclining, it’s about physical aggression bordering on assault, and yes, gender definitely comes into it: She moved the seat forward when requested to do so when he wanted to eat, and reclined again afterward. Based on what I’ve seen and experienced in many years of flying, if you ask a man to not recline or recline less, there’s about a 10% chance he’ll comply, and about a 50% chance he’ll be very rude, but women will usually do as requested. YMMV

    We’ve probably all had uncomfortable flights, but that doesn’t justify repeatedly punching a seatback with the intent to harm or annoy someone.

  52. simpleflyer

    February 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

    Noone here has commented on the filming or more specifically, the publishing of the film on social media and in various news outlets.

    This is a lot different from taking a film purely for legal purposes.

    Many times these videos record people not connected to the incident, but who merely were there by coincidence.

    Consider that when the video is subsequently published, the faces of those bystanders (or by-sitters in this case) are out there in viral land, and often not pixelated before put out on some common media platform. Thus they can be ‘recognized’ for years as the person who was associated somehow (yeah, by pure coincidence) with this or that incident. I’d sue, yes, truly, if I ever discover that I am in a video purely because I am on a plane that is not public property, it is not public space.

    I’m heartily sick of people seeking the equivalent of tabloid fame (and possibly remuneration) undertaking to violate various people’s privacy in this way, without warning. Yes, even if they feel they have ‘just cause’ since of course, the video invites us to judge only a portion of what could have been two jackholes antagonizing each other for reasons unrelated to seat recline, for some time.

    About the passenger doing the punching. Assuming this truly is about seat recline, then yes, she can recline her seat. But she also has a moral duty not to escalate the person’s frustration.

    In her shoes I’d acknowledge the guy directly in a helpful way. IdI’d offer to call the FA to see if his seat could be changed to be behind someone who isn’t reclining. While some would say this is ‘rewarding’ the punching, it is not in my or anyone on that plane’s best interest for me not to de-escalate as best I can.

    The FA was doing his or her job as well by offering the drink, by trying to soothe a passenger and de-escalate a situation before it reached the point of the plane having to be diverted. The drink may or may not have been the best option to do this but I appreciate the effort.

    As for the passenger Wendi ‘suing’ the airline give me a break. What damage did she suffer that the airline could have prevented?

  53. simpleflyer

    February 16, 2020 at 5:10 am

    I would add as well, that the passenger doing the punching might not be frustrated, but in the throes of a panic attack. No, this doesn’t mean he has a license to punch a seat. But it might invite a bit of compassion for someone every bit in need of it as someone who has spinal/disc issues.

  54. Amil

    February 16, 2020 at 8:01 am

    im 6’4 I only recline if the person in front of me reclines or if the seat is empty. If a seat has the option to do it its not my business to stop them even if I cant move .

  55. dhacker

    February 16, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Coughing, clearing your throat, and blowing your nose will usually do the trick. No need to pound the seat. But raising and lowering your seat-back tray table more than an average passenger would is fair game — after all, if they didn’t want you using your tray table, they wouldn’t have provided it. Placing your smartphone on the tray table and playing a game with vibrate set to on might also be effective.

  56. Intrepid

    February 17, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I paid for a reclining seat ticket and I expect to fully recline.
    If the airline won’t provide the expected service, it should be sued for its deceptive Contract of Carriage.
    You want a wide pitch – pay for it.

    Unrelated to AA:
    Ed Bastian the CEO of Delta is quoted widely to say that passengers are not expected to recline. One more reason I don’t fly Delta.

  57. jjmoore

    February 17, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    News flash for all the haters of seat recline: I will be reclining my seat as I please, especially if I am on a 6 hour trans-con flight. If you are sitting behind me and dont like it, here are your options:

    1) Fly Spirit
    2) Write the airline about the lack of seat pitch
    3) Suck it up

    If you confront me while I am in a good mood, I may hand you a quarter so you can go to the nearest payphone when you land and call someone who cares. If I am stressed, watch out!!

  58. redleader74

    February 18, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    I agree that if recliners have EVERY RIGHT to recline. Even if by doing so they irritate you, discomfort you, and are complete jerks, they have broken no laws. On the other hand, if in your anguish you so much as to lay a hand on them, guess what buddy, you’re gonna be sued. I also agree that this is a problem the airlines have created but to demand that the person in front of you doesn’t recline is ridiculous and fruitless. If recliners bother you THAT much, then pay for a better seat.

  59. J S

    February 19, 2020 at 10:24 am

    That guy is an absolute jerk (to be overly polite). He should be arrested for assault. Grown men don’t get to act like petulant little kindergartners. And if the flight attendant gave alcohol to someone with the inability to control his temper and body, then she or he should be disciplined.

    And yes, she had every right to recline her seat. I recline my seat; I don’t bitch and moan when the person in front of me reclines; and I avoid airlines that don’t have reclining seats. And I sure as heck don’t act like a little child and punch, kick or hit the seat in front of me.

  60. apiapiaba

    February 19, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    in the past i don’t mind if someone in front of me recline. but there was a time when i have my 1 yrs old on my lap (didn’t manage to get the one in front with basinet) and the person in front of me fully recline. I asked nicely and she won’t bother, the stewardess also asked her which was refused. then she told me that there is nothing she can do. she can’t tell her to stop recline, can only ask, and the flight is full so she can’t move us. since that i hate those who recline their seat fully. after i read this, i wish i did this back then.

  61. goldbar

    February 20, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    I think Fullfare and MRM nailed it.

  62. divrdrew

    February 25, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I’m amazed at how much traction this story has gotten and how some people believe that reclining your seat is rude and should be banned.

    1 – seats are made to recline
    2 – FAs regularly announce to “sit back, recline your seat, and relax” or something similar
    3 – fully upright, the seats are not very ergonomic and cause back / hip pain after short periods of time
    4 – if you can’t deal with someone reclining into you, pay for extra legroom seats or FC
    5- in no way, should you ever resort to violence on an airplane – this man should have been arrested on arrival!

    I have flown over 1.5 million miles and I recline my seat. Most of the time, it’s to snooze, but it’s also just a lot more comfortable. I always try to be considerate of the person behind me and will not recline during meal times, but otherwise, I sit back, relax, recline my seat, and enjoy the ride.

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