Nine out of 10 passengers want reclining seats banned

2013-10-03 16:02

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Have you ever been on the receiving end of a reclining seat in economy class? Perhaps you're the one who wanted to get a bit of shut-eye only to be met with severe undertone grunts or even outright violent shoves from the person behind you.

Yes, reclining seats are the ire of many a long-haul passenger, on either receiving end. But a recent survey shows that people are in fact willing to give up this comfort in a bid to get rid of the tension that it causes.

According to the poll of about 1 000 passengers and over 900 air stewards, nine in ten travellers want reclining seats banned or at least restricted to set times on short-haul flights.

The survey found that more than half of cabin crew polled, had been involved in or had witnessed, heated arguments between passengers on the issue.

The analysed results suggest the issue boils down to two general personality types during travelling - the 'altruistic soul' and the 'selfish ego'. A prime example of the selfish ego being 70% of those surveyed said they would not be put off reclining their seat even if the person behind was pregnant.

While 80% said they would not care if the person behind them was elderly or frail. The survey showed women aged 18 to 24 were the most thoughtful while the most egotistical travellers were likely to be men over the age of 35.

Asking permission to recline would surely offset any irritation and anger but 64% said they had never done so, while a third of the people surveyed said they were too worried about the reaction to do so.

How would you feel about an all out ban or have you been involved in a mid-air, reclining seat dispute? Tell us about it in the comments section below or email
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