I’m trying to do an unofficial survey on what people do when the passenger in front of them reclines the seat on an airliner. I can think of some options:
1. Ask the passenger to un-recline. The man next to me on a recent flight did just that – leaned forward and asked the passenger to pull his seat back up. To my surprise, the other passenger complied.
2. Recline your own seat. This is what I usually do, to maintain the amount of space that I’m entitled to. I never recline it first, though.
3. Just bear it. The husband did this on a recent flight. The passenger in front of him reclined, but the husband didn’t.
4. Aim the air nozzle. I wanted to do this with the passenger who reclined on the husband – point the cold air stream at his head – but the husband wouldn’t have it. (Also, the guy was wearing a baseball cap.)
I really believe it would be better if airline seats didn’t recline, at least not the squished-together ones in coach. But that’s not likely to change.
So, tell me, what do you do in that situation?