Tensions escalated among passengers on a plane when a woman allegedly verbally attacked the woman sitting directly behind her, after she pushed her seat during “the entire flight” to protest its reclined seat.
“The whole flight she pushed my seat! You know she did that! I have the right to recline my seat! I have the right to recline my seat!” a woman shouted in a video posted on TikTok by: daily Mail Thursday.
In less than 24 hours, a reshare of the altercation reached more than 1.3 million views on the platform, while the debate over reclining seats on planes moved online, dividing netizens.
While many of them pointed out that the seats would not be adjustable if they were not allowed to recline, others felt that it was “disrespectful” to the person in the back, according to the comments.
“I have back problems. I paid for the seat and I’m going to take it back,” one user noted under the video.
Even among social etiquette experts, the debate over reclining chairs is far from unanimous, he said New York Post.
“Unless you are sitting in a seat with extra legroom or in first class,” it is rude to recline your seat because “space is tight, and it is known — but not surprising — that you sit in tight spaces.” Diane Gottesman, etiquette professional at The Protocol School of Texas, according to USA Today.
In contrast, Julia Esteve Boyd, a social etiquette coach from Switzerland, felt that although she remained aware of her backseat neighbor’s condition when his or her seat was lowered or raised, it was “perfectly reasonable to recline your seat if you wish.” It is said that he said The man points.
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