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Tricky Debate Over Reclining Seats On A Plane Might Be The Fault Of The Airlines Themselves

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

Frequent flyers know that airplane rides aren’t always the most comfortable. They also have a pretty good idea of the services and amenities that each airline provides.

That said, sometimes there are still some surprises — and I’m not talking about the time that United Airlines briefly took the stroopwafels off its menu.

American Airlines has been facing some scrutiny after a big debate regarding its seats. A passenger who tried to recline her seat was repeatedly harassed by the aggravated passenger behind her, and now she’s looking to press charges. It’s been called the plane seat debate, and it has the internet in a fury.

Wendi Williams says she felt attacked. She got footage of the passenger hitting her seat in revenge, which has since gone viral. Since then, it’s been a debate — is she wrong for reclining? Or is he wrong for not letting her recline when her seat gave her the option?

Plenty of people are pinning this on the airline itself. Instead of giving passengers more room to have a comfortable flight, it’d rather squeeze extra seats in. Extra seats mean more dollars, even if the passengers are uncomfortable.

If you feel like space has been minimized on airplanes, you’re not imagining things. Inside Edition reports that there used to be approximately 34 to 35 inches between rows. These days, that number is more like 30 inches. People aren’t necessarily getting smaller, so you can see how this change can make a huge difference.

Watch the video to see people weigh in on the plane seat debate. Just remember: Next time you’re on an airplane, try your best to be courteous to the people around you.

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