Selfish Passenger Reclines Seat

June 4, 2016

in Seat Stories

I had a flight to Shanghai a few years ago. I usually go back once every year to visit relatives.

So once I took Qantas, and I had this other Chinese passenger in front of me. As soon as we took off, he reclined his chair back to the max, and cocked his foot on the wall (front of plane, right behind Business class). I was like, “Are you f*cking serious?” to my mum and she shrugged.

So every time I had to grab something from my bag, e.g. iPad, iPod, phone, earphones, book, Pringles (omnomnom), I had to push the chair back up so I could even reach for my bag. He finally looked when we neared Pudong Airport and his wife said in Chinese,”Don’t worry about others!” Seriously, WTF.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex June 4, 2016 at 11:05 pm

Soz m8y but the flight to Shanghai is what 9ish hours? Reclining his seat was justified.

I hope this is a joke otherwise you're the selfish one.


Traveler1 June 5, 2016 at 4:04 am

Not really. One should not recline their seat full time, it is extremely inconsiderate.


Aaron June 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Sorry. Headed to Tokyo next month. 12.5 hour flight. First thing I am going to do is recline my seat. Apologies in advance to whoever is behind me.


Rjj June 8, 2016 at 5:08 am

Unless the seat were broken and reclined back further beyond what the seat was made for, the passenger had every right to use the seat and all its benefits including seat recline once he purchased the use of that seat. Sounds like your grievance should be with Qantas.


Gianni June 17, 2016 at 3:56 am

I'm sure the passenger in front was not interested in hearing you "omnomnom" on your Pringles either.


Lokelani August 17, 2016 at 3:42 am

I disagree. There is a thing or I should say use to be a thing called common curtesy. I once had to ride a tour bus in Nevada and this Russian guy was practically in my lap. My knees were killing me. When I need to recline I recline half the way it can recline on the plane because I don't want the person behind me to be uncomfortable. They have as much right as I do to be comfortable.


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