Recline much?

Ok, folks. We have to have the talk about reclining your aircraft seat. Yes, this is happening!

Now that summer vaccy is starting for many, there seem to be a lot of pissy comments around the Inter-Web about inconsiderate, stupid, rude people invading all the friggin’ space of the passenger behind them by fully reclining their seats.

Guess what? *drumroll* I am an inconsiderate, stupid, rude person who invade all the friggin’ space of the passenger behind me! My name is Old Mamasan, and I am inclined to recline. And I will stay reclined for the duration of the flight. Of course – not during take-off and landing, and also not during mealtime. I will also not slam the seat back with full force; I am actually considerate enough to recline slowly – giving you ample time to remove your knees from the back of my seat. I will even alert you that my seat is a-coming your way by turning around and have a wee look at you – as this is the international sign of commencement of seat reclining. I might even tell you in words, that my seat will now be reclined. And no, that is not a question. It is simply a warning so you can hold on to your wine while said seat is being reclined.

Do you have a problem with that? Then you should do your homework before getting on the flight. There are seats in every plane where you don’t have to get anyone reclining into your lap. Look it up, and take the necessary action to secure such a seat. It often involves some kind of payment. Don’t want to take the needed action? Well, I guess that makes you S.O.L. – ‘cuz my seat is coming back!

There is a multitude of reasons why we inconsiderates are reclining our seats, both medical and simply out of comfort. Or how about this one: the airline put reclinable seats in the cabin – what other reasons would one need? And here’s the thing; unless you are seated on the back row or the row immediately in front of emergency exits (and variations does exist, so you better do your homework) – you can also recline your seat, and thus restore your personal space. Up to you, Dingbat!

Don’t wanna make that choice? OK, travel with Ryanair, or one of the other shitty cheapo airlines that has put in fixed seats throughout the cabin. Problem solved. You are welcome!

(Of course, travelling with cheapo airlines opens up a whole other set of problems, but at least you won’t have me reclining in your lap, as I will never be your companion on Cheapo Air!)