A Call to End Reclining Seats on Planes

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  02.20.13 | 1:30 PM ET

Like many of us, Slate’s Dan Kois hates it when the person in front of him on a plane reclines their seat all the way—making it nearly impossible for him to watch his seatback TV, use his tray table, or even get in and out of his chair very easily. But instead of calling for passengers to use some restraint and common sense (I’m a never-recline-more-than-halfway gal, myself), he goes further: He demands an end to reclining seats entirely. Here’s Kois:

The problem isn’t with passengers, though the evidence demonstrates that many passengers are little better than sociopaths acting only for their own good. The problem is with the plane. In a closed system in which just one recliner out of 200 passengers can ruin it for dozens of people, it is too much to expect that everyone will act in the interest of the common good. People recline their seats because their seats recline. But why on earth do seats recline? Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if seats simply didn’t?

I’m convinced. What do you think? (Via @legalnomads)