A woman has reignited the debate over airplane etiquette this week after she got into a shouting match with a fellow passenger, accusing them of “repeatedly pushing her seat” when she reclined it.
And now, in an attempt to settle the argument, an etiquette expert has put forward her thoughts on pressing the recline button in flight, advising against it altogether for short distances.
Katarina, who lives in Europe, points out in a TikTok that “reclining the chair is not prohibited because the function is there.”
However, she says, “It’s a good practice to always look at the passenger behind us before leaning back.”
Katarina, who lives in Europe, points out in a TikTok that “reclining the chair is not prohibited because the function is there”
To minimize the risk of angering your neighbors, the TikToker advises ‘not to recline the seat all the way back on short-haul flights’
The travel professional emphasizes that if someone behind you is “in the middle of a meal with the tray open, or watching a movie on the seat’s screen,” leaning your seat back “may disrupt the seat” and is a would be a ‘negligent’ act. .
In Katarina’s TikTok, where she appears to be on a plane, you can see her looking back and checking if everything is okay before reclining her seat.
“It’s important to be considerate of other passengers,” she explains.
To minimize the risk of angering your neighbors, the TikToker advises ’don’t recline the seat all the way back on short-haul flights.’
In addition to reclining the seats, Katarina also tackles a number of other issues regarding airplane etiquette.
In another video she advises passengers how to use the armrests.
She says blocking “completely blocking the armrests puts our fellow passengers in an uncomfortable position.”
To be a well-mannered traveler, Katarina recommends the following: ‘Please note that if you are sitting on the window or aisle seat, leave the center armrests for the passenger in the middle seat as this will provide the smallest space of confiscate the three.
In addition to reclining the seats, Katarina also tackles a number of other issues regarding airplane etiquette. In another video she advises passengers how to use the armrests
Another no, says Katarina, while flying is ‘applying perfume, nail polish or other strongly scented cosmetics’
Continuing the grooming theme, Katarina says that nail filing, nail polish, hair brushing or plucking should not be performed
‘In addition, the window and hallway chairs each have their own armrest.
‘Alternatively, both passengers can share the armrests, with one elbow at the front and the other at the back of the armrest.’
Another no-no while flying, says Katarina, is “applying perfume, nail polish or other strongly scented cosmetics.”
She explains why, noting: “What may seem like a good way to pass the time on a boring flight could turn into an allergic reaction from one of our fellow passengers.”
If you need to apply scented cosmetics, the etiquette expert recommends going to the bathroom or waiting until after the flight.
Continuing the grooming theme, Katarina says that “nail filing, nail polish, hair brushing or plucking” should not be performed because “an airplane is not a beauty salon” and these actions “may leave a residue that could affect our fellow passengers.” .’
Again she emphasizes: ‘We must always observe personal hygiene in the toilets, or simply wait until we get off the plane.’
HOW TO LEAN RESPECTIVELY
Like Katarina, an etiquette coach from New York Myka Meier told DailyMail.com that everyone has the right to sit back ‘regardless of what others think about it.’ For those planning to sit back, here are her top tips to avoid upheaval:
1. Lean back slowly: Be careful not to throw your chair back, but if you choose to recline it, do so carefully and slowly so that if someone has a drink, it doesn’t spill.
2. Avoid leaning back during meals: If you lean back, it is wise to move your seat to the take-off and landing position during the meal. This is because it is very difficult to eat when the seat in front of you is reclined and it is only fair that everyone can enjoy their meal.
3. Consider whether you need the full backrest or just a little: Also consider the people around you and their comfort. Perhaps just leaning back for an hour instead of leaning completely back for two hours is enough to keep the person behind you comfortable as well.
5. Look behind you before you lean back: Take into account whether the person is working on a laptop, drinking or perhaps carrying a small child and needs extra leg room. Before you decide whether or not to lean back, think about the others behind you.