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Most 'Ignorant' Thing You Can Do On Flight - According To Fed-Up Travel Writer

Unless you're an improbably zen sort of person, there'll be some aspect of air travel which you struggle with.

Maybe it's the food, or the fact planes always seem to be freezing cold, or the rubbish lighting in the loos which ages you by about 25 years.

Or maybe it's your fellow passengers?

After all, it's these people which can either make or break your flying experience.

Lack of spacial awareness, snoring , screaming babies, drunks - these are all part of the rich fabric of going on an airplane.

But one travel writer has revealed her one cardinal sin for air travel, and it's got people talking.

Anna Gingras explained in Outside Magazine :

"There's one thing I hate about flying, and it's not the overpriced tickets or the baby crying three rows ahead of me in economy class."


"It's the people who recline their seats with total disregard for the person behind them."

Anna added that reclining in your chair is acceptable if your flight is longer than four hours.

Beware her wrath, however, if you recline that seat back on a shorter flight.

She warned: "But if you're reclining your seat on a two-hour, midday puddle jump, I hope you miss your connection and get stuck at LaGuardia Airport without even an $8 coffee to comfort you."

Harsh words, but as her conclusion shows, Anna means business:

"The thing is, you know you suck when you hit that recline button, but just in case you truly are ignorant, hear this: your actions have direct consequences for the people around you - any space you take is taken from someone else."

Her article was shared on Tiwtter where it quickly stirred others up.

"As a frequent traveller I've never understood this perspective," responded  Steve Peoples .

It's a good point, and a woman called Martha agreed, writing:

"As a 5'1" tall woman the back of my head hits the top of the seat where most people's necks hit, forcing my head forward for the duration of the flight, causing neck pain at times for days if the flight is long.

"Reclining my seat slightly alleviates the problem somewhat."

Plenty of others did agree with Anna though.

Dan Hoffman responded: "Strong agreement! In the end you're left with two options: everybody reclines or nobody reclines. The latter is obviously preferable."

And one guy even tweeted a photo to show his legs cramped by the person in front reclining.

So whose side are you on?

Whichever it is, remember that air rage is NEVER the answer.

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