Britons See Seat Reclining During Daytime Flights as Unacceptable, Survey Shows

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9th September 2014 10:36 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

The majority of Britons think it is unacceptable for a person to recline their seat during a daytime aeroplane flight.

The study, which questioned 1,704 Brits, discovered that more than half (53%) of respondents thought daytime seat reclining was unacceptable etiquette - 60+ year-olds (62%) were most likely to hold this view, and 18 to 24-year-olds (43%) were least likely.

At the other end of the spectrum, around one quarter (27%) said it was acceptable, with the remaining one fifth (20%) unsure.

When it came to overnight flights, however, more than seven in 10 (72%) said seat reclining was acceptable etiquette, but around one sixth (16%) still deemed it as unacceptable.

A similar study conducted on 1,000 US adults received different results. According to the survey’s findings, 55% of Americans think seat reclining during daytime flights is acceptable, compared to the less than one in four (24%) who said it was unacceptable.

Almost eight in 10 (78%) Americans viewed seat reclining during an overnight flight as acceptable, with less than one in 10 (9%) viewing it as inappropriate etiquette.

When asked about ‘Knee Defender’ - a company which sells devices preventing people sat in front of you from reclining their seat - almost two thirds (65%) of US respondents said it was unacceptable aeroplane etiquette to use such a product - around one sixth (16%) said it was acceptable.

Furthermore, around one third (34%) said having someone in front of them recline their seat would be a bigger inconvenience during a daytime flight, compared to the two fifths (43%) who said not being able to recline their own seat would be a bigger nuisance.

And, finally, seven in 10 (70%) Americans said being unable to recline their own seat would be the bigger annoyance when sitting through an overnight flight, with less than one sixth (15%) citing someone in front of them reclining their seat.

The research in this study was conducted by YouGov.

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