Mum splits opinions after passenger refuses to let her recline seat on flight

A mum has caused a viral debate after revealing that a passenger on her long-haul flights had prevented her from reclining her seat.

We all know it can be difficult to get comfortable when on a long flight and putting the back of your seat down can make things easier.

But, it also infringes on the space of the person behind you – and can mess with the angle of their screen.

The woman explained that she was sworn at on her seven hour flight when she tried to recline her seat, reports the Sun.

Writing on Mumsnet, she admitted to feeling “annoyed” at the situation and she asked other women whether she was unreasonable for feeling that way.

The mum said: "The flight was around seven hours long. I had paid extra to have the exit seat in economy, as I was suffering from a bad back.

“I paid quite a lot extra for the seat, it's something I try to do, as I have back problems and it helps.

“The woman behind me had quite a big child on her lap during the flight and was sat next to the child's father.

“Because of this, I was unable to recline my seat for the entire flight."

She continued: “I tried very gently reclining it a little at some stage (before I had seen the child) but she was angry and swore, so I put it upright.

“Who was unreasonable here? Or do we generally think anyone reclining their seat is unreasonable?

“I tend to recline my seat on very long flights, when the lights are dimmed for sleeping, as do most others on those flights. I don't recline on short-haul.”

In the replies, some women agreed with the mum with the child.

One person said: “I personally think it’s unreasonable to recline your seat unless it’s overnight and I’d never do it. But respect others think differently. I wouldn’t have sworn (well only to myself).”

While another agreed and stated: “Generally, reclining the seat is antisocial unless, or example, it is night time and there is a sort of domino effect of everyone reclining at the same time. This rarely works.”

But others were on the poster’s side.

One woman noted: “I think a lot of people would try to sleep on a seven or eight-hour flight so you are not unreasonable at all.”

And, another added: “I think if the seat reclines it’s perfectly fine to recline it. Except during meal service, and I’d also lean around to tell the person I was going to recline it.”

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