Do You Recline Your Seat on Flights?


Debate is raging online about reclining your seat on a flight. Many feel that it’s unnecessary and inconsiderate while others have the opinion that if the person in front does it, it then gives you free reign to recline. What do you think LiveTribers? Do you get annoyed when someone reclines their seat? Do you always recline your seat?

Posted by on 17 Feb 2020

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    Mehru

    never ever and I hate it when people do it feels like sitting in my lap

    Posted by Mehru on 03 Mar 2020

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    Perspectrum

    And I'm NOT asking some F With behind me if it's ok to recline, unless he is going to PAY ME TO BECAUSE I PAID FOR Fing reclining seat, NOT A COFFIN

    Posted by Perspectrum on 25 Feb 2020

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    Perspectrum

    Oh I'm sorry but I think people who are tall can go straight to hell as well! And ban shopping trolleys because they may hit my car in the carpark, Jesus please come back and save us from these fwits!!!!! I WILL Fing recline my fing chair in the plane IF the plane makes a seat that DOES RECLINE then it means that you are ALLOWED to recline it otherwise DONT MAKE RECLINING SEATS IN PUBLIC VEHICLES you morons in aviation!!!!! Unless someone is eating then I RECLINE because I am tall and I didn't pay to sit in their tuna tin to get a back problem!!! 6 hours from Perth to Sydney every 10 days for 6 months and short arsed wankers behind me telling me off? Guess how many people I told to F off???? Unashamed. How about you worry about the jerks who talk loudly for 6 hours, get drunk, f up the toilets, let their kids smear shit all over the seats, farting, bad breath, bad B O. ????? I'll do what I want with MY SEAT I paid for.

    Posted by Perspectrum on 25 Feb 2020

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    Brutus

    Yes,but only slightly so as not to annoy the person behind me.

    Posted by Brutus on 24 Feb 2020

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    Timothy

    Yes I'm 6.2 ft tall if I couldn't recline the set I would end up crippled by the end of the flight

    Posted by Timothy on 24 Feb 2020

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    Tara

    It’s an issue of common courtesy! A lot of factors come into it! Long flight then yes? Everyone has the options! Short flight No! Unless your an elderly person! I’m about of a softy!

    Posted by Tara on 24 Feb 2020

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    Jeow

    Yes, if I am trying to sleep on a long flight. Not if I am awake. I understand it's annoying to have someones seat in your face but all you need to do is politely approach them and ask if they could incline their seat slightly... No need to resort to childish, much less violent, behavior.

    Posted by Jeow on 24 Feb 2020

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    Gregg

    The seats are designed to recline and should not affect the person sitting behind you.

    Posted by Gregg on 24 Feb 2020

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    Sangeeta

    On long trips i do recline by asking the passenger behind me...

    Posted by Sangeeta on 23 Feb 2020

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    Tony

    There is no wrong answer. Blame the airlines not the person if you disagree. I ask first before a will recline

    Posted by Tony on 23 Feb 2020

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    rickyb595

    No I don't recliner my seat on an airplane, it is bad manners

    Posted by rickyb595 on 23 Feb 2020

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    Khallen

    On short trips interstate I never recline But on long haul sometime depending on the leg room which is not much I do recline but only after asking the passenger behind if they mind !

    Posted by Khallen on 23 Feb 2020

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    Milou

    During short flights I think it is very selfish and unnecessary to recline your seat. On long flights, especially during night flights, I feel it is appropriate to recline.

    Posted by Milou on 23 Feb 2020

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    musicveg

    Why have reclining seats on planes if you cannot recline?

    Posted by musicveg on 23 Feb 2020

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    Angela

    Yes I don't really like when someone reclines there seat little bit annoying and no I do not recline my seat

    Posted by Angela on 22 Feb 2020

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    Gavin

    Recline, it’s a ridiculous debate If you dont like recline and their is enough ppl thinking the same perhaps airlines can have recline and non recline areas On the non recline areas, give them even less space

    Posted by Gavin on 22 Feb 2020

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    Old Man

    I like to recline my chair and seeing I fly Jet Star or Qantas, Seeing they are making plenty of profit,(Aussie owned), there should be plenty of leg space available. Who are they catering for Tall Aussies or Asians who are much smaller in build. Hmmmm something to think on. One should not be cramped up at anytime and certainly not on an air flight. Hard one here THUMBS UP for decline, THUMBS DOWN for that other person decline. Selfish NO, The airline just does not give enough space to relax well.

    Posted by Old Man on 22 Feb 2020

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    Raelene

    I do feel for the passenger behind me, but if the passenger in front reclines then I do too. If we were not meant to recline, then why place reclining seats in planes??

    Posted by Raelene on 22 Feb 2020

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    Paul

    I always recline seat

    Posted by Paul on 22 Feb 2020

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    Karen

    I think not on short flight but long haul if not eating then absolutely recline

    Posted by Karen on 22 Feb 2020

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    gnerise

    only slightly I had an ignorant person push the seat back then reclined the seat. Those that do recline think of the person behind you and when booking choose your seats wisely.

    Posted by gnerise on 21 Feb 2020

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    Barbara

    Not on short flights but yes on long flights

    Posted by Barbara on 21 Feb 2020

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    Pumkin

    Yes sure on the long ones from Australia to the world

    Posted by Pumkin on 21 Feb 2020

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    Josephine

    Not on short flights but yes for long haul

    Posted by Josephine on 21 Feb 2020

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    gadzooks

    Never on domestic or flights less than 4 hours duration

    Posted by gadzooks on 21 Feb 2020

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    Raskel

    I reclining on long flights, sitting for 10 to 12 hours upright is not comfortable and most people are reclining too on long fights

    Posted by Raskel on 21 Feb 2020

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    Linah

    I think it’s ok to recline your dear to your comfort as long as you are not placing another passenger in front of or behind you in a uncomfortable position. The flights can be long everyone deserves to relax and comfortably

    Posted by Linah on 21 Feb 2020

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    Tania

    The design of the plane has allowed for reclining seat ( I'm sure with consideration of front and rear passengers )! So if you wanna kick back, I say "Go right on, relax and enjoy your flight".

    Posted by Tania on 21 Feb 2020

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    Elizabeth

    I recline sometimes I pay for my spot on the plane gives me entitlement to do so

    Posted by Elizabeth on 21 Feb 2020

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    Elizabeth

    Sometimes l do

    Posted by Elizabeth on 21 Feb 2020

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    Metua

    yes. But only after asking the person behind me. I have consideration for others and don’t decline the seat all the way back

    Posted by Metua on 21 Feb 2020

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    Brian

    No, I consider it inconsiderate to my fellow passenger

    Posted by Brian on 21 Feb 2020

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    David

    You should only recline your seat so that it does not inconvenience the person behind. Talk to them, work it out, it will be a much more enjoyable flight.

    Posted by David on 21 Feb 2020

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    Nanette

    If it's just a short interstate flight, I don't, but a long haul I sometimes do.

    Posted by Nanette on 21 Feb 2020

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    Sarah

    Absolutely. However if the person behind me said "excuse me can you put your seat forward" then I would

    Posted by Sarah on 21 Feb 2020

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    oldroadkill

    Didn't know I could. (Why not sit correctly and arrive refreshed?)

    Posted by oldroadkill on 20 Feb 2020

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    Alma

    No Coz I respect the person at my back

    Posted by Alma on 20 Feb 2020

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    Alma

    Yes if you are comfortable

    Posted by Alma on 20 Feb 2020

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    Monica

    Yes. You pay for it. Everyone knows seats recline, if people don't like it, don't fly.

    Posted by Monica on 20 Feb 2020

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    Smokey86

    Unfortunately Monica live on the mainland and can choose Not to fly.

    Posted by Smokey86 on 21 Feb 2020

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    Helena

    Yes if it doesn't make the passenger behind uncomfortable.

    Posted by Helena on 20 Feb 2020

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    Richard

    Absolutely!!

    Posted by Richard on 20 Feb 2020

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    sherry007

    Depends what and who it affects

    Posted by sherry007 on 20 Feb 2020

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    Adrian

    It is rude to recline chair if there's no room behind you

    Posted by Adrian on 20 Feb 2020

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    Juanita

    If your not ment to the seat wouldnt recline..right

    Posted by Juanita on 20 Feb 2020

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    Matthew

    yes.especially on.a.long.haul flight

    Posted by Matthew on 20 Feb 2020

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    Suzanne

    Yes I recline , if the person in front has done so .

    Posted by Suzanne on 20 Feb 2020

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    Bombthrower

    I would only recline my seat if I was on a long haul flight and I would ask the passengers behind me. Unfortunately I used to fly every 2 years but I’ve had a bad accident not my fault and my surgeon will now only allow me to fly business class so I can lay down due to 9 spinal injury.

    Posted by Bombthrower on 20 Feb 2020

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    Bronwin

    No. but i think you should ask before you do, it is only good manners to do so.

    Posted by Bronwin on 20 Feb 2020

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    Ulysses

    Too easy, I don't fly.

    Posted by Ulysses on 19 Feb 2020

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    Allan

    I pay for my ticket and if I’m in the mood then yes. Others in front have and it didn’t bother me. Never at mealtime though.

    Posted by Allan on 19 Feb 2020

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    Penny

    I never had in economy, although in business I have as you do not have the other passenger at the back of your seat.

    Posted by Penny on 19 Feb 2020

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    Phillip

    Never have the need .

    Posted by Phillip on 19 Feb 2020

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    Gaush

    Reclining seat on a flight makes the passenger comfortable but at the same time the other passenger sitting behind gives him less space. Basically it has both advantage and disadvantages for one it’s comfort and the other it’s discomfort

    Posted by Gaush on 19 Feb 2020

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    Neil

    I once had a problem with the blood flow to my brain and was on a flight to see a specialist, and when I was seated upright I was in agony. So if some idiot had started banging on my seat he would have been in frefall without a parachute.

    Posted by Neil on 19 Feb 2020

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    mishaman65

    I think there are too many rude inconsiderate people nowadays that think of themselves "only". how many people have the decency to actually turn around and ask " Do you mind if i recline my chair a little" and anymore than a little then you are the person i am on about, but are you going to do that all of your life and just think " As long as i am comfortable"? I dont care.

    Posted by mishaman65 on 19 Feb 2020

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    Naomi

    Don't know I don't have very much experience in flying only flew once to queensland

    Posted by Naomi on 19 Feb 2020

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    Greg

    I don't recline even when I flew to Vancouver.

    Posted by Greg on 19 Feb 2020

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    KINGKORZA

    Wish never been on a plane

    Posted by KINGKORZA on 19 Feb 2020

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    Peter

    I am ok with passenger seating in front of me to recline their seat. I on occasions have reclined my seat but this has always been relevant to the time I am in the air

    Posted by Peter on 18 Feb 2020

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    Natasha

    Only if noone is behind me, feel awkward being so close

    Posted by Natasha on 18 Feb 2020

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    john

    I only fly to Perth and never recline my seat I like to sit upright, don't care if someone reclines their seat

    Posted by john on 18 Feb 2020

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    Maria

    On long flights and not fully just to get my head to rest

    Posted by Maria on 18 Feb 2020

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    Laurece

    No. Its common courtesy room wise.

    Posted by Laurece on 18 Feb 2020

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    drswallow

    I do not recline my seat on a flight.

    Posted by drswallow on 18 Feb 2020

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    A48

    I don't personally, however, I disapprove if someone relcines fully and I lose the full of the tray and space to move

    Posted by A48 on 18 Feb 2020

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    Kevin

    As long as it doesn't cause the person behind me any bother, then I would. Beyond that, as long as the seat position is reasonably comfortable, I'm happy and content.

    Posted by Kevin on 18 Feb 2020

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    Jennifer

    Absolutely on long flights. There is no way I can sleep in a vertical position. I have flown overseas many times and never has the person sitting in front or back of me not reclined their seat to sleep. On short trips in Australia, no as it is only for a few hours.

    Posted by Jennifer on 18 Feb 2020

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    Julie

    No, i never have or would. If you feel the need to change the airplane into your own private recliner stay home..it's just bad manners!

    Posted by Julie on 18 Feb 2020

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    Smokey86

    Love it Julie!

    Posted by Smokey86 on 21 Feb 2020

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    cricut59

    No, I never have! I have only flown domestically and do not sleep but take in the views/atmosphere etc.

    Posted by cricut59 on 18 Feb 2020

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    Lynda

    Have a bad back and cannot sit any length of time, perfectly vertical, so recline slightly after awhile, but never fully as have had it done to me and it makes it very uncomfortable.

    Posted by Lynda on 18 Feb 2020

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    mihi13

    best option is if no one does

    Posted by mihi13 on 18 Feb 2020

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    hardbags

    i only really do it if there's no one behind me, bit of a dog act otherwise.

    Posted by hardbags on 18 Feb 2020

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    Godfrey

    No. Not even on long haul flights, I just wish others were respectful of the people behind when they recline their seats.

    Posted by Godfrey on 18 Feb 2020

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    Caprice7

    No I don't and I don't like it if others do

    Posted by Caprice7 on 18 Feb 2020

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    Jim

    Absolutely not on short domestic flights. Ok on long haul 10 plus hours

    Posted by Jim on 18 Feb 2020

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    Barry

    I don't usually but my last flight OS I flew premium economy and had the extra room to recline without causing causing inconvenience to others.

    Posted by Barry on 18 Feb 2020

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    Christopher

    Only recline the seat during sleep times on flights.

    Posted by Christopher on 18 Feb 2020

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    jaine

    Yes I do as I have a bad back and tilted help me not to suffered pain

    Posted by jaine on 17 Feb 2020

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    Ken

    I pay for my seat on any flight I take and if the mood takes me or I feel the need for a little more comfort of course I will recline my seat

    Posted by Ken on 17 Feb 2020

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    Deborah

    I only fly locally. And the seats do not recline backwards on the plane.

    Posted by Deborah on 17 Feb 2020

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    Barbara

    Not necessary I’m short flights

    Posted by Barbara on 17 Feb 2020

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    Neil

    No unless its International

    Posted by Neil on 17 Feb 2020

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    Brian

    No, consider it inconvenient to my fellow passenger

    Posted by Brian on 17 Feb 2020

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    Richard

    Only on long flights, at night, to sleep

    Posted by Richard on 17 Feb 2020

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    MLM247

    No, because we are all squashed in like sardines and nobody deserves to be squashed and disadvantaged any further.

    Posted by MLM247 on 17 Feb 2020

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    Andreas

    I do, but I ask the person behind me whether they are happy with my doing so. I would not consider it during meal times.

    Posted by Andreas on 17 Feb 2020

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    HENNA

    No I never recline my seat as I have had other people do it to me and there is no room.

    Posted by HENNA on 17 Feb 2020

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    Frederick

    Only on International flights.

    Posted by Frederick on 17 Feb 2020

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    robert

    No , i never do , i know what it's like when i'm sitting behind . If you have a drink or a meal on the tray in front of you . The moment someone moves , things get spilt and leaves less space to eat . Even when you ask the people behind , i find it an inconvenience and disturbs the passenger ! Let's face it we're flying economy , if it's a big issue ask to be moved to business and pay the extra ! Personally i think the subject is a storm in a teacup , especially if the person in front moves ! i guess the world is always full of nit pickers and these people are never satisfied and always find something to whinge about , just be grateful you aren't in their world .

    Posted by robert on 17 Feb 2020

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    Sylvia

    When traveling within the country I do not but when I go overseas I do.

    Posted by Sylvia on 18 Feb 2020

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