When you are flying on a passenger jet, one thing always comes to mind when you are settling into the flight: should I recline my seat all the way back or not?
Of course, if you are flying first class or in business class, then you won’t have to worry about this sort of issue while you are soaring at 35,000ft. You can happily enjoy your flight without worrying about whether or not to invade someone’s ‘personal’ space.
When I fly, then I always go for the option of reclining my seat millimetre by millimetre so as not to annoy my fellow passengers. If it is a short flight, then I only ever get to move my seat back a few centimetres as I run out of time!
Reclining my seat back slowly allows the person who has sat behind me the opportunity to get used to the reduction in their personal space as my headrest slowly enters their own space.
I have even seen some people turning around to ask the person sitting behind them if they can put their seat back before doing it. But this sort of pleasantly is quite rear nowadays.
Which is why most people just tend to slam their seat back, without any consideration for the person behind them, their drinks or their laptops. And this can lead to several hours of tension during the rest of the flight.
But one American Airlines passenger ended up rattling a hornet’s nest when she decided to recline her seat, much to the annoyance of the passenger behind her who started to shake her chair repeatedly.
In a tweet, @steelersfanog said:
“Here’s a great jackhole! He was angry that I reclined my seat and punched it about 9 times – HARD, at which point I began videoing him, and he resigned to his behaviour.
“The other jackhole is the @AmericanAir flight attendant who reprimanded me and offered him rum!”
So far, the video has been viewed 243k times with opinion dividing concerning who was in the ‘right’ and who was in the ‘wrong’.
Apparently, the male behind the woman filming the encounter had asked her not to recline her seat until he had finished eating. Which is a fair point to make because when you are trying to chow down on some airline food, the last thing you want is a rapid and vast decrease in your personal space.
It’s like trying to eat your dinner while being sat in a space the size of a fridge; you just don’t have the space to move around!
According to Fox News Story, the lady did only recline her seat once the male had finished eating his food. But still, he was not happy, so he started to shake her chair.
But just imagine being the woman in the chair who was being shaken around!? When we first saw the video, we thought it was footage of a plane trying to land in 90mph winds!
What would you do if you were the woman in the chair that was being shaken backwards and forwards? Let us know in the comments below: