Delta Is Cutting Your Seat Recline by 2 Inches

Delta Is Cutting Your Seat Recline by 2 Inches

The airline will reduce coach seats' recline from four inches to two inches, and in first class the seats will be reduced from 5.5 inches of recline to 3.5 inches, according to the website. The refitted seats won't be be rolled out for global flights.

In essence, the move is about preventing a sudden deep recline of any passenger, which bothers the person seated right behind. It will take about two months to adjust the entire fleet.

The A320 jets affected mostly fly quick one- to two-hour trips in North America.

"I just flew last week on Iberia Express between Madrid and Seville and noticed their seats didn't have a recline button, and I thought it would be great if U.S. carriers started doing the same", he said.

'I have to turn them sideways, and it's worse when the seat drops back'. However, this isn't because the airline is squeezing more seats into the cabin - and you might actually find it's a good thing.

The change - made in response to customer complaints - should make life easier for business travelers trying to work on laptops perched on tray tables, often while viewing mobile phones and seat-back video screens, Delta said. "But this is really about more personal space".

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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.

A Delta Airlines Airbus A320 passenger jet taxis seen at Salt Lake City global airport. "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".

The airline says these changes are a test; feedback from passengers will determine whether this change will affect other domestic jets or whether coach seats will return to their prior 4-inch tilt. According to The Points Guy, though, the airline has no plans to do so yet.

Mayerowitz explained that less leg space could come as a welcome development for some passengers.

"But, if you take Delta at its word, this might make for a more comfortable flight for some". "Anybody who ever tried to work on a plane only to have their laptop screen slammed by the seat in front of them will rejoice at the change".

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