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The Problem With Reclining Airplane Seat Design

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I've never understood why seats are designed to recline on flights shorter than 2 hours.
 

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I've never understood why seats are designed to recline on flights shorter than 2 hours.

My last flight was 3.5hrs and I was somewhat afraid to recline and that was in J.

Its getting to the point that Im kind of afraid to recline in case it peeves off the person behind me.
 

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I've never understood why seats are designed to recline on flights shorter than 2 hours.

Because the planes that fly those flights are also capable of flights longer than 2 hours?
 

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And people connecting from long haul overnight flights might need to sleep...
 

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Ryanair seats do not recline and have better legroom than most LCCs in Europe. 2.5 hours is fine
 
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Ryanair seats do not recline and have better legroom than most LCCs in Europe. 2.5 hours is fine

The VA ATRs don't recline either......which just accentuates the truly horrid experience!
 

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My last flight was 3.5hrs and I was somewhat afraid to recline and that was in J.

Its getting to the point that Im kind of afraid to recline in case it peeves off the person behind me.

You don't want to inadvertently start an air rage incident
 

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My last flight was 3.5hrs and I was somewhat afraid to recline and that was in J.

Its getting to the point that Im kind of afraid to recline in case it peeves off the person behind me.

I thought people only have issues with reclining in Y.
Purchasing J ticket and then not being able to get comfortable is ridiculous. Isn't the whole point of spending hundreds of dollars more for short haul J is to get some extra comfort?
 

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I thought people only have issues with reclining in Y.
Purchasing J ticket and then not being able to get comfortable is ridiculous. Isn't the whole point of spending hundreds of dollars more for short haul J is to get some extra comfort?

unfortunately it is an issue in business class as well. Was flying MEL-SYD when the BOS (businessman of size) behind me complained I was reclining. His beer gut was such that he had to have his in-arm tray table at the extreme limit away from him. My recline was apparently interfering.
 
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unfortunately it is an issue in business class as well. Was flying MEL-SYD when the BOS (businessman of size) behind me complained I was reclining. His beer gut was such that he had to have his in-arm tray table at the extreme limit away from him. My recline was apparently interfering.

It's the BOS fault, he should have selected row 1 or else keep quiet. Seriously, the F&B on those short flights is nothing spectacular so if you can't even get comfortable in your seat then row 4 or exit row are just as good.
 
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