So, while we were traveling to and from the east coast for the surprise party for my brother and sister-in-law, each of the four planes we flew on was full. Actually, each of the four planes we flew on was late because of mechanical failure, which doesn’t make me feel very good about the state of United Airlines’ fleet.
Call me unlucky, but on each leg of my journey, as soon as they were able, the person in front of me reclined their seat all the way back as far as it could go for the duration of the flight. The Beloved was spared this on one flight because the person in front of her’s seat was broken. How do I know? Because she wrestled with it for several minutes and then called a flight attendant over to wrestle with it for a few more and then demanded some sort of “inconvenience compensation form” because she’d been forced to sit up straight for a few hours.
With the decrease in legroom apparent on just about every flight I’ve been on recently, putting the seat back essentially means that the person behind you had no room to move or work or read. Because of this (and thinking about The Golden Rule), I never put my seat back. Also, I think that 12 years of Catholic education taught me how to sit up straight for a couple of hours.
What about you? Seat back? Seat straight? Should I just let it go?