A user asked, Am I a jerk for not letting the passenger in front of me recline their seat on a flight? We want to hear from you. 


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The Original Poster (OP) (25M) is around 6’5 or 196 cm, but his legs are long. Normally, OP purchases economy plane seats because he has no issue being uncomfortable for a while, especially for shorter flights.

What Does OP Do?

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OP says, “I should mention that I take care to never intrude on other people’s space around me, although occasionally with another tall person with wide shoulders, it can be tight.”

What Happened Last Week?

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Last week, OP was on a 4-hour international flight with his knees crammed into the seat in front of him. The passenger directly in front of him tried to recline but realized that his knees prevented her from doing so.


What Did She Do?

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She turned around, gave OP a dirty look, and attempted to recline again with more force. OP was a little annoyed but apologized and told her he could not move my legs out of the way without infringing on the spaces beside him (i.e., moving my legs to the side into other people’s spaces, freeing up space for her).


What Did She Say?

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She accused OP of doing this on purpose just because he wanted more room for himself, calling me a jerk and saying that if he could not fit into a regular economy plane seat he should pay extra for an emergency exit seat so that people around him can have more free space.

OP says, “If I’m honest, I feel that people who recline their seats in economy are annoying and inconsiderate, so I didn’t exactly bend over backward to accommodate for her.”


Some More Context

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For more context, no, OP did not check to see if this flight, in particular, had extra emergency exit seats. OP says, “As I said, usually I do not feel the need. I do not often run into issues with seats beside me, although this issue with people in front of me not being able to recline has occurred before, though not always, and has earned me some dirty looks from those in front of me in the past.”

He wants to know if he is a jerk and asks if he should pay extra for seats with more legroom so that people in front of him can recline, even though this is not always a problem.


Not A Jerk

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“Not a jerk – I’m a big guy, and it’s a common problem. They squeezed every inch out of those aircraft, and it was uncomfortable. She should have been more understanding of reality. Maybe you could have gotten an aisle seat, but you also paid for your seat and are entitled to your space.”


Reclining Is NOT Acceptable

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“Not wrong. As a frequent traveler on 14-hour flights and short enough to stretch my legs out in the economy, I will say that people who recline are jerks. Someone almost snapped my laptop because it was on the tray table, and I had to slam it shut before they reclined.

I don’t know why you’d design them that way. Still, between being kicked by kids behind and having a seat slammed into my face if I try to lean forward to stretch my back, there’s never a time when reclining is more comfortable than the inconvenience they cause. I also have to shimmy and hop to get out for the bathroom when the seat is reclined. All Recliners are jerks.

Edit: Clarity, those who recline immediately to the fullest extent. You can recline a bit for a small gain and limited inconvenience, which works out much more favorably for all.”


Reclining Nowadays Is RUDE

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“Unpopular opinion, but reclining the seat full-back is rude these days. The lack of space between seats these days is appalling. I’ll try to get one with more legroom, but it’s impossible. I always get an aisle seat, but then I am in the way of the attendants and others going to the restroom. If the person in front reclines to the fullest, I have to splay my legs to even fit in the seat, which means I intrude on my seat mates space.


Pay For Yourself

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“Light jerk, mainly because you said you’ve caused this issue to people before.

I know you can’t change your height, but we pressure fat people to buy two seats not to inconvenience those around them, so it should be reasonable to expect you to pay for legroom not to inconvenience the people around you. She paid for a seat that should have every right to recline, even if you disagree.”


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