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I’m a travel writer and I recline my seat EVERY time: Here’s why I disagree that leaning back on planes is “allowed.” Do you stand during a flight? Vote in our poll…

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Millions of vacationers are expected to fly abroad this summer and, like every getaway season, a big divide will widen.

On one side are those who think that reclining their airplane seat is a sin, the preserve of entitled people who don’t care about the comfort of those around them. On another side? Those who think it is a right they are allowed to exercise.

Every peak tourist season, controversies circulate on X, formerly known as Twitter, and forums such as Reddit and Mumsnet, about holidaymakers kicking their seats up to their knees, stealing legroom and knocking over iPads by pushing their seats into a reclined position.

But I have to admit that I use that little button to make my economy seat squeak a few inches every time I fly.

For what? Well, because I view it as part of the package – and with so little luxury in many economy cabins, it’s frankly something I’ll enjoy.

Sophie Foster (above) says she makes her economy seat squeak a few inches every time she flies

Sophie Foster (above) says she makes her economy seat squeak a few inches every time she flies

When you book most economy seats, you’ve paid for a place to sit, a tray table, a seat belt, transportation and, yes, the ability to recline a little so you can relax, do a nap or even just bear the pressure. of your butt so it doesn’t go completely numb while you hurtle through the sky in a tin can.

In many cases, everything else costs more: from luggage to carry-on bag, food, drinks and even headphones. So why wouldn’t you take advantage of the last bit of luxury an airline offers to those occupying the cheapest seats?

I definitely will, because I want it and I paid for it.

And I’ll never blame the person in front of me if they want to lie down a bit in cattle class (in business class or premium economy, the reclining issues dissipate, because everyone gets a large share of cabin real estate).

I’m just going to lie down and take my place from those behind me.

“There are a few times in the flight where I always return my seat to the upright position (I’m not a total freak),” writes Sophie, “during takeoff and landing (because that’s a requirement) and at meal times. Above – file image.

Let me guess, you groan and clench your fists asking “what about those of us who are tall or need the extra space”?

Well, honestly, take it up with the airline that made the seats so cramped.

Humans are getting bigger and seats are getting smaller, and if this is something that negatively affects so many people, why don’t those who complain take action, send letters and don’t they insult CEOs until something changes?

You can also reserve the exit row or seats with extra legroom at the bulkhead.

If you’re 6’7″, like a friend of mine, you can even ask a crew member at the gate and, when they look at you, several feet up, they’ll often move you for free to a more spacious seat if one is available.

I should note that there are a few times in the flight where I always return my seat to the upright position (I’m not a total freak) – during takeoff and landing (because that’s a requirement) and at mealtime times.

Stopping someone from eating delicious pasta with extra salty tomatoes and a dry roll is something I would never do – partly because it would annoy the crew.

But they will be on your side if your inclination causes an argument at any other time.

Still not convinced you should lie down to regain some space?

You never know, it might relieve some of the stress you’re obviously feeling.

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