Woman Shouting At Passenger Kicking Her Seat Sparks Debate About Reclining On Flights

One of the most controversial issues of our time isn’t about wealth distribution or political policies; it’s about how the general public treats one another. In particular, it’s pretty clear that there’s a heated argument to be made for both sides when it comes to reclining your seat on a plane.

Many people are vehemently against it — planes are already crowded and having the seat in front of you basically lying in your lap is obnoxious at best and torture at worst. Others, however, say they’re entitled to lean back since they paid for their seat as well.

The debate is still going strong, especially after a video showed a woman shouting at a passenger for kicking her seat the entire flight.

People are getting very cranky while traveling.

A clip that originated on TikTok by @grahamnancarrow but began circulating on X, formerly known as Twitter, shows a woman shouting at the passenger behind her for kicking her seat for the whole flight.

The other passenger responds that she was annoyed that the woman reclined her seat as far back as it would go for the duration of the flight.

It’s unclear how the argument ended, but it definitely got people talking.

The video has been viewed more than six million times.

Those who have seen it are pretty divided when it comes to deciding who’s in the right here. Again, many agreed that the woman had every right to put her seat back if that’s what she wanted to do. The woman herself says that in the clip.

However, others pointed out that just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should. After all, it’s basic consideration to try to make flying as comfortable for everyone as possible, they say.

“They should NOT allow people to put their seat back IMO. It’s just ridiculous how little space one has on a plane to begin with, to have even less of that is SILLY,” one person commented.

Another remarked, “It’s always the tiny people. As a big dude in both directions I try to accommodate others as much as possible when I’m unable to fly first class.” He added: “I do not recline because it undoubtedly intrudes on the other person’s space. Being on a plane primarily sucks, a little consideration goes a long way.”

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Should you take up as much space as you can?

Another social media commenter claimed that if the seat is designed to go a certain ways back, that still counts as the passenger’s personal space.

“That’s for them to do so if they wish. You expecting them not to is you encroaching on their space,” they explained.

There’s no one right answer here, but one person did try to find a happy medium, suggesting: “If the person behind you is small lean it back, if they are big, don’t they are already uncomfortable enough. But people only think of themselves, a little bit of kindness and consideration goes a long way.”

What do you think?

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill