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Delta to cut back on how far you can recline your seat

Delta to cut back on how far you can recline your seat

United States airlines drop the distance that seats recline from 13cm to 9cm in first class, and to 5cm from 10cm in business & economy. "It's all about protecting customers' personal space and minimizing disruptions to multitasking in-flight". The distance that seats recline will drop to 3.5 inches from 5.4 in first class, and to 2 inches from 4 in Comfort Plus and coach.

The airline claims it just wants to make flying more comfortable, but traveling skeptics will be forgiven for thinking this is a precursor to the airline shoving in more seats and further reducing legroom.

While it may sound like a chance for the airline to stuff another few seats into an already tight aircraft, airline officials promise that's not what they're doing.

"There's always been a debate among frequent travelers if flyers should have a right to recline or not", Scott Mayerowitz, executive editorial director at The Points Guy, said by email.

Frequent fliers are already appreciative.

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'I have to turn them sideways, and it's worse when the seat drops back'.

"One is just trying to relax and give themselves a bit of extra room while the person behind them is suddenly struggling with the feeling of the world closing in on them".

The A320 jets affected mostly fly quick one- to two-hour trips in North America. Also, since the A320 planes have back-of-seat screens with entertainment that doesn't tilt at an angle, the reduced recline means that passengers can still watch movies and shows with good visibility.

The first Airbus A320s to get the modified seats will debut this weekend, the carrier said Friday. "Delta appears here to try and strike a balance between those of us who want a little space to work and those who want to take a short nap".

And if the change works for Delta, Mayerowitz predicted that other U.S. airlines will follow.