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Reclined seat-back nearly breaks laptop and assures uncomfortable flight

I’m writing this aboard Delta airlines flight 262 from San Francisco to New York.  The good news is that not only is there Internet aboard but it’s one of the few Delta planes to have AC adapters so I’ll be able to use my laptop the entire flight.  The bad news is that the person in front of me has just fully reclined his seat-back so it’s nearly impossible for me to perch my laptop on the tray table.  In fact, had it not been for a quick response on my part, the laptop screen might have broken when he abruptly reclined his seat.

I don’t blame the guy in 19F, I blame Delta and almost every other airline for allowing seats to recline this far in their economy sections.

With the seat in front of me  fully reclined, the only way to use my laptop  is to shove it all the way into my belly.  To keep my hands on the keyboard, my elbows have to be so far back that I feel like I’m doing isometric shoulder exercises rather than typing.

Not a Good Trade-Off

What especially bothers me about the seat-back issue is that the extra discomfort  I’m experiencing  greatly exceeds the small amount of extra comfort the person in front of me  may be enjoying.  Even if I weren’t using a laptop, I’d be far less comfortable having his seat in my face than I would be sitting upright

In the meantime, when you’re on a plane, think about the person behind you.  If you must recline, don’t go all the way back in one swift motion and, consider only going back part of the way. You might even turn around and ask if it’s OK.  And let’s hope that the person in front of you heeds the same advice.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear from others on the question of whether the ability to sit back justifies the ability to enjoy a little bit more space in front of you?

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