A man recently asked for advice about an airline conflict. The other passengers complained when the man reclined his seat, but was he right to turn the dispute into a full-blown fight for freedom? Here’s what he had to say:
He Was Flying With His Family
“I (M38) was flying with my wife (F35) and two kids. We were in the middle seats with a whole row to ourselves. I normally keep my seat reclined once we are in the air, except the times for meals or drinks. This is what I did this time, too.”
Conflict Soon Erupted
The man noticed that there was another passenger sitting behind him. When the man reclined his seat, the other passenger told him not to. He wanted the man to sit upright. The man had to decide whether to choose politeness or freedom.
He Was Inclined To Stay Reclined
“Frankly, I was almost inclined to put it straight just for a while just to avoid an issue, but his tone triggered me. Still, I calmly said, ‘That’s my right. You may call the air hostess if you want and clarify.’”
The Air Hostess Delivered A Bombshell
The man expected the air hostess to back him up, but she actually asked him to straighten up. He did as he was told, but the passenger in front immediately reclined and cut into his space. He didn’t see how that was fair.
He Was Ready For A Fight
The man alerted the air hostess to what was going on. But when the air hostess asked the person in front to straighten, they pointed out that the person in front of them was also reclined. The man suggested either telling everyone to straighten up or letting everyone recline.
He Asserted His Rights
The air hostess admitted that she couldn’t force anyone to straighten their seats. The man reclined again, as did his wife. The man also made sure to recline his kids’ seats. Another passenger in the row behind complained. But the man wasn’t going to let anyone tread on his rights.
The Battle Was Won, But The War Wasn’t Over
The passenger behind the man tried to push against the seat with his knees, but the man ignored him. When he got up to use the bathroom, the man noticed that the complaining passenger had also reclined his seat. He couldn’t believe the hypocrisy.
The Man Reopened Hostilities
As he passed the other passenger’s now-reclined seat, the man made eye contact and smiled. He wanted the complaining passenger to feel seen. The man grumbled at him, but things soon died back down.
The Man Enjoyed His Victory
The man sat back in his reclined seat and reflected on his success. Not only had he been able to sit comfortably, but he’d caught out his opponent. It was both a physical and moral victory. All in all, the flight could have gone worse. But not everybody agreed.
Did He Go Too Far?
The man’s wife thought that he’d overreacted. She understood why he wanted to recline his seat, but she thought that smirking at the other passenger was beyond the pale. She also didn’t understand why he’d also reclined their children’s seats. The man wondered if she was right.
People Were Divided
“How embarrassing,” said one person. “You’re definitely the kind of family that people cringe at and hope not to be stuck in the vicinity of in any travel scenario. Learn basic courtesies before going anywhere.”
However, other people disagreed. Another person defended the man: “Recline your seat if it makes you more comfortable. It is your right. You paid for it.”
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