London - That annoying passenger ahead of you who abruptly reclines his seat and ruins your flight may soon be a thing of a past on short hauls as airlines refit.

Monarch Airlines, a British company, is already ripping out their reclining seats and putting in seats that ensure more room for the passenger behind by remaining upright, according to Monarch's marketing boss Tim Williamson.

Ninety percent of Monarch passengers voted to ban them, he said.

Monarch is not the only airline planning the move. Europe's biggest carrier, the budget line Ryanair, is among others getting ready for the change.

Short-haul airlines are gradually reducing the space between all their seats so they can pack more passengers into jets. - Sapa-dpa