He Insisted His Whole Family Recline Their Seats on a Long-Haul Flight, Despite the Angry Protests of the People Sitting Behind Them

A man recently went online to ask if he’d been wrong to exercise his right to recline his seat during a long-haul flight. Here’s his story.

It was a family trip

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“I was flying with my wife and two kids,” the 38-year-old began. “We were in the middle seats with a whole row to ourselves.”

He likes to relax

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“I normally keep my seat reclined once we’re in the air, excepting the times for meals or drinks. This is what I did this time too.”

The guy behind him wasn’t happy

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The man said that he’d glanced behind him before reclining his seat, but as soon as he did, the guy behind him said, “Hey, don’t do that!” The man asked what the problem was, and the guy told him in no uncertain terms to keep his seat straight.

He’d answered back

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The man explained that he’d almost straightened his seat up again to avoid conflict, but the guy’s abrasive tone had triggered him. He calmly told his fellow passenger that he had every right to recline his seat. If the guy had a problem, he could call the cabin crew for clarification.

The cabin crew got involved

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The angry guy called the air stewardess over, and to the man’s surprise, she asked him to straighten his seat. He replied that if that was the case, she’d have to ask the woman in front of him to straighten her seat.

She had to backtrack

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The stewardess did this, but the woman said, “Well, you’ll have to ask the person in front of me to straighten theirs.” The stewardess quickly realized she’d gotten herself into an awkward situation and announced that all passengers could recline their seats if they wanted.

He made his kids recline too

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At this, the man’s wife reclined her chair, and the man encouraged his two kids to do the same. Another passenger behind them objected and told them to have some consideration for others.

The man once again replied that he had every right to recline his seat. The guy grumbled and tried jabbing his knees into the back of the man’s seat, but eventually gave up.

The guy gave in

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An hour or so later, the man went to the toilet. When he came back, he noticed that the guy behind him was maybe the only passenger without a reclined seat. When he went again a few hours later, he noticed that the guy had finally given in and reclined his seat. He made eye contact with the man and gave him a sly smile. The guy grumbled again but ultimately said nothing.

Was he wrong?

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The man’s wife thought he’d been in the right to recline his seat but wrong to make their kids recline theirs and to smile at the man. He asked the internet for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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The internet didn’t take kindly to the man’s attitude. “Yes, you can recline your seat, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t annoying if you do,” said one. “It’s miserable enough on a plane without people deliberately making it worse.”

“You and the other guy were both being petty and passive-aggressive,” reckoned another.

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