Last week, Australian sporting legend Grant Hackett was ejected from a Virgin flight after an in-air altercation with another passenger. Apparently, Hacket took umbrage at the seat in front of him being lowered and expressed his displeasure by giving the offending passenger a /”nipple cripple”. While Hackett’s alleged actions are completely inexcusable, there are definitely unspoken rules when it comes to fully reclining your seat on aeroplanes. We want to hear what you think is (and isn’t) okay.
Some people only recline their aeroplane seat during the nominated sleep period when all the lights are dimmed. Others think it’s acceptable to keep it lowered for the entire flight, regardless of what the passenger behind them is doing.
Most of us know to keep our seats up during mealtime, but otherwise all bets are off. However, there is a growing subset of flyers who think more consideration should be given to those around you; especially in cattle class where space is already limited. Some people also believe that flight duration should be a factor. For example, do you really need to fully recline your seat if you’re only travelling interstate?
Let us know what you think is and isn’t acceptable in the poll below!
We also want to hear about your experiences and opinions in the comments. Tell us what you think!