Men in particular are really penalized for their size in coach seating - I'm no linebacker but my shoulders are wider than a coach seat and I will be rubbing shoulders with the person next to me. I'm 5'10, which means there's zero possibility for me to cross my legs or curl them up in a seat the way a woman does. If the person in front of me chooses to recline their seat all the way back, I can't even put the tray table down and lean my head on it in misery. I've never gone ape like this guy - the person in front of me has a right to push their shiny recline button - but I can understand why he was pushed past the brink.
The fault is entirely that of the airlines - they make coach seating too small to be bearable, especially for men. They also provide recline buttons so that suffering passengers in coach can be made to suffer a bit more by the person in front of them. If women were imposed upon the way airlines impose upon men, we'd never hear the end of it.
I'm well over six foot, and normally I insist on the emergency exit seat (I haven't flown in well over ten years though - f*** the TSA, the crummy airlines and all that) but usually I don't even have to request it - the ticket agent takes one look at me and says "I'm going to put you in the emergency exit seat."
Well, one trip, I wasn't able to get any such seat. I got stuck in a mid-row coach seat, and as soon as we took off, some 20-something kid in the seat in front of me reclined his seat - or tried to, as it turned out, because his seat went back maybe an inch before it made contact with my knees. Well, this dumbass was convinced that the reason his seat wouldn't recline further was because it was stuck somehow, so he begins to THROW HIS BODY AGAINST HIS SEAT in an effort to get it to go back further. I didn't know whether to laugh or snap his neck. After a few of his tries, I said, "Hey!' and he looked over at me all shocked. I said "It's not stuck. That's as far back as that seat is going. OK?" And he just sat down and that was that.
As for me, I never recline my seat, I suppose because I understand precisely how annoying it is to have that seat come into your space, but also because the shallow angle of recline doesn't make it worth the imposition on the poor bastard behind you. But I also tend to live by the Gold Rule, so...
posted on 02/17/2020 12:40:41 AM PST
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