I have not mentioned anything at all about the whole seat reclining … well, I don’t even know what to call it! But, all of a sudden, a lot of people have some very strong feelings on both sides about seat recline on airplanes. And the winner of the dispute? Not who you might think!
The Real Winner of the Reclining Seat Dispute
For those who have completely missed out on the news of this, basically what happened was a fight broke out because two passengers inability to come to agreement about the recline of a seat (with some physical contact ensuing as well). One of the passengers was using a little set called “Knee Defenders” that locks onto a seat back table and prevents the person in front from reclining. Since that argument and resulting flight diversion, other flights have had similar arguments and diversions on board.
The obvious party that is doing exceptionally well is the maker of the Knee Defender, even though it is actually banned by all US airlines. Sales for those little devices have gone through the roof. But, that is not the real winner of the great reclining seat debate.
Instead, the eventual real winner could be the airlines themselves. 🙂 Now, people are all debating whether or not seats should recline, what the proper rules regarding recline are, what the niceties are when it comes to reclining, etc. It also has seen countless poll questions and surveys go out questioning whether airline seats should recline. Trust me, the airlines are listening and watching eagerly to see how the bulk of the public comes down on this. If they have their way, we could see them suggest something like this as the wave of the future of airplane seats – no recline and no argument! 🙂 When I wrote about this a couple of months ago, it seemed far-fetched but you know some people (at airlines, not passengers) are thinking this could be a good idea! 🙂
Or maybe we could compromise and go with something that Monarch Airlines did (as they have seats that do not recline at all).