After a viral video of an American Airlines passengers continuously knocking on the seat of a reclined passenger in from of him prompted the response of the Indian Aviation Ministry to put out an “etiquette of flying” message.
“A little bit of basic good manners and respect are always worth a thumbs up. Your seat is not a sleeper berth. Don't be inconsiderate of other people's space,” read the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s post on Twitter.
A little bit of basic good manners and respect are always worth a thumbs up.— Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) February 22, 2020
Your seat is not a sleeper berth. Don't be inconsiderate of other people's space.#BeAResponsibleTraveller #EtiquettesOfFlying pic.twitter.com/K8N30wLZRd
The ministry further advised to be careful when reclining because “no one wants your head in their laps.”
Reacting to the advisory, many Twitter users argued the need to recline seats during the flight and even demanded more legroom.
If the seat is touching passenger's chin in the back in its reclined position, the seat is broken, airline problem not passenger problem. Airline should fix the seat.— Jai AP (@APAmaravati) February 22, 2020
This is absolutely wrong advice on your part @MoCA_GoI - It’s an airlines issue and not the passengers. They need to stop packing people like sardines. For passengers, if it reclines 5 or 20 degrees - we will take all of those. We just need to know not to recline during meals.— Rajiv Nema Indori (@RajivNemaIndori) February 22, 2020
In the viral video which triggered the ministry advisory, an American airlines passenger can be seen knocking the headrest of a reclining woman passenger in front of him. The woman posted on Twitter stating that “after much consideration, and exhausting every opportunity for #AmericanAirlines to do the right thing, I’ve decided to share my assault, from the passenger behind me, and the further threats, from an American Airline flight attendant. She offered him a complimentary cocktail! “
A little concerned that @AmericanAir didn’t feel this was a problem.— Amica Ali (@AmicaAli) February 8, 2020
Not sure about the rest of you, but I would surely consider someone continually tapping on the back of my seat to be a nuisance. https://t.co/DmRKUpA36O pic.twitter.com/Xts7hfQAcw
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