I'd have much less heartache if when the airlines chose to restrict recline to only an inch or two at the most, they also didn't reduce the seat pitch. Give me no recline but 34 inches of pitch, and I'll be happy. Not as happy as being in J or F, but I'll survive.Decent people feel uncomfortable using it because they don't want to affect those behind them and @ssholes just don't care about anyone else. Where space is at a minimum, no matter the mode of public transport, I think it is a great idea to get rid of the recline.
Sounds like an option, I think the issue is mainly an Y class cabin problem with decreasing seat pitch and general increase in size of people over the last few decades.There is a perfect solution for this...
During booking, you can pay a fee, say AUD 100 for a 8 hour flight, so the passenger in front cannot recline, in turn the passenger-in-front 's fare will be reduced by AUD 50. the airline will milk AUD 50.
or you can pay AUD100 so you can be guaranteed to recline, the passenger at the back will get AUD50 reduced fare, the airlines will also milk AUD 50.
I am sure there can be some play around of numbers so the airline can make extra money, whilst the pax who are willing to pay extra can avoid hell. Just the airline bean counters needs to work it out.
sounds good ?
This is why inflight entertainment systems have touch screens and games. It's your right to recline and it's my right to continually hammer on the screen, you'll also find I have a very weak bladder and need to grasp and violently shake your seat to get up from my seat again and again and again - it's my right.
Seen this smooth manoeuvre many times on QF, came to believe over a number of years that it must be part of their training. Best response to a customer complaint I've seen was on QF where the FA leaned over the customer and smilingly told the passenger she needed to bring her seatback up while simultaneously pressing the release button with one hand and pulling the seatback with the other. And then thanked her for being helpful! The woman looked stunned at being outfoxed!
Just tip a glass of water over their head or better still, for more fun, a glass of wine or something more sticky. Enjoy the reaction! It’s fun!!!!Last week, I flew home HKG-MEL on CX163 on an E fare, in the middle seat of the middle group of seats. I had a bad experience with the pax in front, who declined my polite request to raise his reclined seat when drinks service began – both services. He berated me angrily both times; in fact, I would have felt unsafe if there hadn’t been the barrier of seat-backs inbetween us. My gestures and requests to cabin crew, right beside us with the trolley, proved fruitless. When he failed to respond to their request, they agreed he had “the right” to remain reclined, and asked me to give him five minutes. After some more pugnacious rudeness to me, he raised his seat and I thanked him.
If the aisle hadn’t been clogged with the trolley, I would have asked staff to get the flight director. I gave in to the shame of “making a fuss”, and to some sympathy for the two young women trying to serve drinks. But I am shocked and disturbed that this angry man was allowed to rant at me and was supported by cabin crew, on both meal services.
My email to CX the next day elicited an automatic note to the effect they aim to respond within 10 days, but business is so busy it may take longer. NOT good enough!