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Ban reclining seats, say passengers

The amount of space for economy-class passengers in the US has steadily declined over the decades since deregulation in the 1970s.

The amount of space for economy-class passengers in the US has steadily declined over the decades since deregulation in the 1970s.

Published Oct 4, 2013

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London - It is the moment every airline passenger dreads – when the person in front reclines their seat.

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Nine out of ten fliers think reclining seats should be banned on short haul flights or there should be set times for reclining.

And nearly half – 43 percent – say there should be limits on long haul flights as well, according to a survey by global travel site Skyscanner.

Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman, clinical director at the Private Therapy Clinic in Harley Street, said: “The strong support for a change in reclined seat procedures makes sense.

“The effect of people reclining their seat can result in various negative emotions such as anger, stress, anxiety, frustration and upset for the passenger behind them.

“This emotional impact can result in a whole range of unhelpful behaviours, including air rage.” - Daily Mail

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