A woman began yelling at her seatmates behind her, claiming that her seat was pushed the entire flight and that she had a right to recline. The incident occurred on a Delta Air Lines flight in economy class.
Woman Lectures Seatmates On Delta Air Lines, “I’m Allowed To Put My Seat Back!”
Video begins with the woman shouting at the couple behind her, in which she accused a woman of pushing her seat for the entire flight:
“The whole trip she pushed my seat!
The couple denied it, but both the angry woman and her husband insisted, “No, you seen it!”
Then the volume escalates further, with the angry woman loudly insisting:
“I’m allowed to put my seat back!”
Sadly, the video cuts off as we watch other passengers all turn their attention to the escalating verbal argument.
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The video is captioned, “A heated confrontation between Karens in the wild on an airplane.”
For purposes of our discussion, I am going to assume that the angry woman reclined and that the woman behind her kicked or pushed the seat.
If that is the case, the woman had every right to be angry. In economy class, you are permitted to recline to your seat. Don’t like it? Fly first class or fly private. It doesn’t matter how tight the airline packs seats in: the recline button is there to be used by the passenger and the only “Karen” is the one who kicks or pushes a seat.
Now, I do have two self-imposed rules that I abide by that I believe encourage peace onboard. First, I do not recline during meal service (this is a rule on some carriers). Giving people a little more space to eat is reasonable. Since Delta doesn’t serve meals on most domestic flights in economy, that does not appear to be an issue here. Second, when I do recline I will generally recline very slowly. I once had a laptop screen pinched (thankfully it did not break) when a passenger reclined rapidly. You can recline, but do so in a nice way.
It seems this situation onboard Delta festered before boiling over upon landing. I’ve seen situations like this before and I understand the anger, but the better way is to ask nicely once not to kick or knee or push your seat, then involve a flight attendant if it continues. Shouting matches rarely turn out well…
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