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To kick her chair during the inflight meal

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CanStopWillStop · 07/03/2023 00:45

in short, red eye flight from America. The woman in front reclines her chair as soon as humanly possibly. No issue with that.

the inflight meal comes about 45mins in. She is the ONLY person in the cabin who keeps her seat reclined, bearing in mind she is sat bolt upright to eat.

I don’t believe it’s within my rights to ask her to (do the decent thing and) put her chair up so I can eat in comfort without her chair pressing against my forehead. Instead I did the petty thing and kicked her chair throughout I’m the inflight meal, so she had a taste of the discomfort that I have.


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Am I being unreasonable?


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Rosula · 07/03/2023 07:32

Are you concerned that seat recliner sally was uncomfortable because I kicked her chair, because with that same logic she could have asked me to stop if it were a big deal. 🤔 discuss…

I don't think anyone was concerned about that. I get the feeling that most people responding were frustrated that you used such a pointless, ineffective remedy rather than one which would have remedied the problem for you.

Endlesssummer2022 · 07/03/2023 07:32

Are you 5? Use your words. Absolutely pathetic behaviour.

Hadjab · 07/03/2023 07:34

ZeldaWillTellYourFortune · 07/03/2023 01:32

What airline and what make/model of aircraft? because I've been on literally hundreds of flights and never had a reclined seat anywhere near my forehead, or even materially interfere with my reading or eating.

Exactly when/where/on what aircraft did this happen? Why didn't you summon the FA if it were really that bad? though I am unaware of any seat configuration that would bring a seatback that far over your tray table.

You’re extremely lucky then, because I’ve had this happen to me, and seen it on plenty of airlines. One idiot point blank refused to put his seat upright during landing, because he was “tired and sleepy.”

Mialouu · 07/03/2023 07:38

OPs parents must have switched the Internet off in the end, thank god 🤣

Doesthepopeshitinthewoods · 07/03/2023 07:39

Sockloon · 07/03/2023 01:21

Definition of Physical violence. a person is exerting control over another person through the use of physical force
If you can't communicate with other people with our kicking maybe you should not be in public just saying. 🙄

This isn’t the mic drop you seem to think it is. That definition is totally irrelevant.

KimberleyClark · 07/03/2023 07:40

OP had this on flight back from Dubai (sorry everyone), two women in front of us (who were in the emergency exit seats so already had extra legroom) reclined their seats on boarding and kept them reclined for the duration of the flight. They had to be told to put them back up even when the plane was landing.

Hadjab · 07/03/2023 07:41

Coconut212 · 07/03/2023 07:24

Why do people get so annoyed about people reclining their seat the minute they’re allowed to, that’s the whole point of the recliner to recline. I do put my seat upright when meal arrives until everything is collected by the cabin crew and I would have no issue with asking the person in front if they wouldn’t mind putting their seat forward. I am however petty as f* and if someone kicked the seat rather than asking I wouldn’t put it forward I’d inch forward so the kicking didn’t affect me in anyway then once I was finished bounced back smacking my seat against your forehead

There’s nothing wrong necessarily with reclining. It’s the tossers who throw their seats back violently when drinks and food have just been served that get my goat.

creekingmillenial · 07/03/2023 07:42

I’m sorry your stutter makes you nervous that sounds difficult. You do need to politely ask people rather than acting aggressively. It’s likely to cause you problems. I’d really suggest asking your GP for a speech therapy referral.

Iusethem · 07/03/2023 07:44

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Doesthepopeshitinthewoods · 07/03/2023 07:45

No one on here has any humour anymore. I feel like some posters have got genuinely enraged by the OP. 😐

PortiasBiscuit · 07/03/2023 07:46

Seats should not recline in economy, there is not enough room

MerryMarigold · 07/03/2023 07:47

I think it's possible she forgot her chair was reclined and then when you were kicking it, she was annoyed and deliberately didn't put it up. I do that with drivers who drive right up the backside of my car, sure down a bit because it's irritating and I'm not going to drive faster because you want to intimidate me.

If you didn't want to speak you could have called the cabin staff and simply pointed at the reclined chair. I'm sure they'd have understood and asked her to put the seat up.

Holly60 · 07/03/2023 07:47

Doesthepopeshitinthewoods · 07/03/2023 07:45

No one on here has any humour anymore. I feel like some posters have got genuinely enraged by the OP. 😐

I have a great sense of humour. Nothing about the OP is remotely funny, It is just childish 🤷‍♀️

Choconut · 07/03/2023 07:47

If you didn't want to speak to the woman then why not ask one of the flight attendants to speak to her? Normally they ask anyone with a reclined seat to put it upright.

To be honest you sound unhinged, who would be so proud of acting like a 5 year old?

vivainsomnia · 07/03/2023 07:49

And this is why we have road rage issues in the UK. Poor at communication, instead doing these purposely to annoy the other person.

Childish and pathetic. Sadly, responses show how common it is.

QuizzlyBears · 07/03/2023 07:49

There should be a special place in hell reserved for anyone who reclines an airline seat.

MerryMarigold · 07/03/2023 07:51

BourbonBon · 07/03/2023 07:06

Nah you’re thinking of 2013 mumsnet … 2023 mumsnet is strictly no fun, no lightheartedness and definitely no laughter. Now do the right thing and grab your pitchfork … also try to think of a mental health condition to diagnose OP with … 😂

Nah, this just wasn't funny. I joined MN in 2006 and yes, it was very witty and amusing. Unlike the OP.

YukoandHiro · 07/03/2023 07:52

She's rude. You're childish.

PrincessHoneysuckle · 07/03/2023 07:52

Similar happened the way back from Cuba years ago.
As soon as the plane took off a woman reclined her seat.The woman behind her kicked her seat for ages and at one point I'm sure she offered her a fight.Planes make people weird.

hoover12345 · 07/03/2023 07:54

I would of done the same tbh and if that didn't work I would of asked her to put her chair up. What kind of person leaves it down when their sat up. Some people have no social awareness and it's odd.

Quveas · 07/03/2023 07:54

It's a shame that parents aren't more responsible and don't let their kids have internet access in the early hours.

ScottishLavender · 07/03/2023 07:55

Inkypot · 07/03/2023 01:24

"Use your words" to someone who has now repeatedly stated she has a speech impediment seems like a poor choice of words.

As the speech impediment was a drip feed and not in the OP I can only surmise that as the thread wasn't going in @CanStopWillStop's favour she suddenly remembered her debilitating impediment. Must be difficult to remember this sort of thing...

getalifesonny · 07/03/2023 07:55

You could have asked and would have been justified if she ignored your request. I once had a man infront of me recline his chair all the way back. It was economy with very less leg room and he was in the front so already had leg room. Told him politely to please not recline as I am not even left with space to move around. Was told that it is his right to recline his chair. Air hostess was of no help either. So I knocked on his seat through out the 8 hour long journey. He was pissed but my reasoning was that if I am being made uncomfortable then it is my right to make him uncomfortable as well. Hate inconsiderate people.

QueSyrahSyrah · 07/03/2023 07:56

Doesthepopeshitinthewoods · 07/03/2023 07:45

No one on here has any humour anymore. I feel like some posters have got genuinely enraged by the OP. 😐

What's funny about it though? If there's a joke here somewhere I don't get it.

NeverApologiseNeverExplain · 07/03/2023 07:56

echt · 07/03/2023 02:49

You could have buzzed for the steward.
Pointed at the obviously reclined chair in front of you.

No words needed.

This. The cabin crew are there to help you OP.

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