The guy was in a seat that apparently could not recline. The woman who insisted on reclining her seat into his face is a self centered, selfish female dog. It was once considered to be bad manners to recline your seat on a passenger plane. Manners? Apparently manners are no longer a part of our culture.
I think that allowing your mental state to be altered by the lack of courtesy of others is a fool’s errand and will result in someone who is perpetually unhappy and dissatisfied.
If the guy asked her to put her seat forward and she declined, it should have ended there with the woman being a selfish jerk and the guy being a suffering passenger, since I think that any considerate and empathetic person would (and should) have put their seat forward.
But that guy just raised the ante and went all in on being a petulant, spoiled child and turned this into a national story. He should have been a mature adult and borne it.
Manners seem to be less of a component of today’s life than they used to be, but apparently so is being an mature adult, which results in this stupidity.