Plane passenger sparks debate after person behind them demands they stop reclining

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A fed-up plane passenger has taken to social media to vent after the person sitting behind them demanded they put their seat up.

The recliner took to Reddit where they explained "massive" delays had left them "tired and with a headache." Once they were in the air, they put their seat back in "the hope of catching a few minutes of sleep."

However their bid for a bit of shut-eye was short-lived. They said: "Immediately the person behind me tapped the side of my headrest (loudly) and told me I was squishing their legs.

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"I put my seat up, apologised, and then reclined again, but this time very little. I was trying to avoid squishing their legs, but also not sitting completely upright which is very uncomfortable for me."

However, the angry poster claims the other passenger hit the headrest once again and told them to put their seat up, leaving the traveller "really frustrated." "Once deplaned, the young lady sitting beside the person immediately behind me, came up to me and told me that the person had prosthetic legs and that I had caused them severe pain and that I didn't seem to care," they went on.

The Reddit user says they were "so angry" they ignored the confrontation and "walked away." They then argued anyone with "challenges" should book their flight "accordingly."

Seat etiquette on planes is hotly contested, and this dilemma was no different. Many Redditors sided with the traveller, with one person writing: "The seat reclines. You paid for the seat, you're allowed to recline.

"If they have a problem with that, they can take it up with the airline or book a seat in a position where it won't be an issue."

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Another agreed, commenting: "As a very tall person, I get how a reclining seat is a pain. But you paid for it and you can recline.

"The person behind you should have either been more forthcoming as to what was going on or purchased a seat that more accommodated them."

While a third added: "If the person sitting next to them cared that much they could have swapped seats and let you recline."

However, some people did not agree and argued reclining on a short flight was "totally unnecessary." "I never recline on a plane because I know there's barely any space behind if I do," said one person.

Another added: "The only good reason for reclining is if the person in front of you reclines, and you are stuck with no room yourself. Otherwise, you shouldn't be reclining because it's always more uncomfortable for the person behind you."