Nothing makes a flight more uncomfortable than someone blocking off access to your armrests. Fear not, traveller, there is a way to stake your claim and keep what's yours. Photo by Soon.
Obviously, the best way to claim the armrest on a flight is to get there first, but that's not always possible. You can always ask them politely to share, but you may not feel like being diplomatic. If you find yourself fighting an uphill battle, Andrew Medal at Entrepreneur suggests a devious little trick to secure the armrest once and for all:
...the trick if you are facing early defeat is to be the first person to recline your chair. This reclined angle will allow you to supersede any arm position said opponent may have had early on, and allow you to claim victory.
Reclining your chair makes the statement of "I need to relax, so I need to be comfortable — don't bother me." Give a smile, start reclining and ease your arms onto the armrest. They will give way and wish they had been the ones to recline first.
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