It appears that we’re never going to come to a consensus on this topic. As a personal guide line I do not recline my seat unless there is no one behind me. I hate when others do it, and only once has anyone ever asked how I felt about having the back of their head inches away from the front of mine. While I’m not going to judge others here I will at least ask that you try to be more curious to other passengers. Airline seats have had the distance between seats shrink over the years and now you can really, literally, be in someones face when you recline. And no matter how you feel, please do not punch the person seat in front of you if they recline.
“He was angry that I reclined my seat and punched it about 9 times – HARD, at which point I began videoing him,” she wrote in a Feb. 8 tweet, nominating the other passenger for “Jackhole of the Week” on the Bravo show “Watch What Happens Live.”
After she filmed his behavior, Williams noted that “the punching subsided, but he continued with the behavior you see in the video. I thought the video would stop it altogether. It didn’t and neither did the (flight attendant). Thanks @AmericanAir”
Nevertheless, Williams said in a follow-up post that when she complained, the attendant was rude to her and took the man’s side in the dispute.
“She rolled her eyes at me and said, “What?” She then told him it was tight back there and gave him rum! She told me I had to delete the video! It’s against the law to video on a plane. I asked her name & She gave me a Passenger Disturbance Notice!”