Delta testing reduced seat recline to protect passengers personal space – USA TODAY

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To recline or not? Delta to reduce how far seats will go back
FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, a Delta Air Lines jet waits on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Delta Air Lines will reduce the recline of its seats by as much as half, according to travel site The Points Guy.

I don’t really understand passenger air rage over seat recline. The seat has a recline functionality, and you’re entitled to use it. It’s unfortunate if that disturbs the person behind you, but that ‘s his problem. That same passenger also has a recline functionality: if he chooses not to use it, that’s his prerogative, but he doesn’t have the right to try and prevent you from reclining your seat. We could have a similar discussion about reading lights. If the passenger beside you is trying to sleep, he has no right to bitch about your reading light. You have a reading light, you’re entitled to use it. The passenger beside you has the same right. If he wants to sleep, he can use an eye shade. If he doesn’t have one with him, that’s his problem. We could also have a similar discussion about proximity to the lavatory. Not nice for passengers seated there to be subjected to a flow of lavatory-using passengers, with associated odors when the door opens, but other passengers have the right to use the lavatory — no discussion necessary. And yes, I’ve had seats in front of me recline almost into my lap…but I just put up with it. I’ve also had babies crying near me…but I just put up with it. I’ve had situations in which my first meal choice wasn’t available…but I just put up with it. Is that so difficult?

The website reported Friday that the airline will retrofit its fleet of 62 Airbus A320 jets beginning Saturday, and it is expected to take two months to do so.

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.

Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta’s director of onboard product and customer experience, told The Points Guy that the change is to prevent passengers from disturbing those behind them, such as having their laptop snag on the seat or causing an unpleasurable viewing angle with the backseat video screen.

Refitting of Delta Air Lines A320s will begin this weekend. Its expected to take two months to adjust all 62 of Deltas A320s. The airline is reassuring passengers that its a move to improve comfort for all passengers and wont result in them adding additional seats. Legroom wont be affected.

Delta Enters the Seat Recline Wars

A320s typically fly one to two-hour flights that are frequented by business travellers, and Delta has more seatback screens than any other airline, according to the website.

Air industry consultant, Robert Mann, commented on the move. He said the reduction in recline will benefit business travelers and lead to less inconvenience. Mann also says it will be easier for window and middle seat passengers to leave their seats when using the bathroom.

“We’re not adding a single seat into the aircraft,” Dimbiloglu told The Points Guy. “If we were adding seats, or something else, the cynics would be correct. But this is really about more personal space.”

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Delta is to reduce the amount of space that passengers in coach and business can recline their seats, it was reported. 

The American airline will retrofit its fleet of 62 Airbus A320 jets to reduce the recline of the coach seats from 4 inches to 2 inches and the recline of first class seats from 5.5 inches to 3.5 inches.

The Points Guy reports that the airline will limit how far passengers can lean back on some domestic flights. To make the knee-saving change, the airline will retrofit its fleet of 62 Airbus A320 jets starting on Saturday to reduce the coach seat recline from four inches to just two inches.

Business traveler alert: Delta is about to make it easier to take out your laptop

And officials denied they are trying to fit additional seats on to the aircraft with the change. They claim  the move will reduce disruption to other passengers, allow them to pass by for toilet breaks and to use laptops freely.

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. According to The Points Guy, though, the airline has no plans to do so yet.

Delta is to reduce the amount of space that passengers in coach and business can recline their seats. Main Cabin seats inside a Boeing 737-900ER (739), which are smiliar seats on Air

It’s not just coach passengers that will have to cope with change: First-class seat recline will decrease from 5.5 inches to 3.5 inches.

Delta to restrict seat recline, making flying even worse

Delta spokeswoman Savannah Huddleston told CNN Travel: As part of Deltas continued efforts to make the in-flight experience more enjoyable, Delta is testing a small change to its A320 aircraft — adjusting the recline throughout to make multitasking easier.

“It’s hard to believe that any airline taking away something from passengers today could be a good thing,” The Points Guy Executive Editorial Director Scott Mayerowitz said in a statement. “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.”

Delta Is Cutting Your Seat Recline by 2 Inches

Delta has no plans to add seats or reduce space between rows with this test. Its all about protecting customers personal space and minimizing disruptions to multitasking in-flight.

Delta announced Friday it will cut down the amount of seat recline from four inches to two in economy class on its A320 aircraft, beginning Saturday. However, this isn’t because the airline is squeezing more seats into the cabin — and you might actually find it's a good thing. Delta says that this is a test to preserve passengers’ personal space.

Delta Reducing Seat Recline On A320s

Delta typically flies the A320 on short- to medium-haul routes averaging one to two hours, which are frequented by business travelers, according to Huddleston.

The change will only take place on the A320 aircraft, which operate domestic flights around the country lasting only an hour or two. During this time, most passengers are upright and working rather than leaning back to sleep, so the reduced recline may not actually impact that many people’s flight routines. Only time will tell.

Delta reduces seat recline on select planes by 2 inches

It will take Delta about two months to get the entire A320 fleet retrofitted. Aviation security consultant Jeff Price told CNN Travel: Being a frequent business flier, my productivity just dies when the person in front of me drops their seat into my lap.

Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta’s director of onboard product and customer experience, told The Points Guy that the reduced recline was an effort to protect the passengers seated behind. Anyone who has put their laptop on a tray while flying knows all too well the woes of a sudden recline.

With the narrow room the airlines give you for your legs, I cant even sit in the normal seats with my legs facing forward. 

Its hard to believe that any airline taking away something from passengers today could be a good thing, an industry insider said. But, if you take Delta at its word, this might make for a more comfortable flight for some. (iStock)

Delta told The Points Guy that too many laptops have been struck by the reclined seats, and the reclined seats make it difficult for passengers behind to watch video screens.

The first Airbus SE A320s to get the modified seats will debut this weekend, the carrier said Friday. 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 A320s generally are used on flights of two hours or less.

Delta deny they are trying to fit additional seats on to the aircraft or will save money. They claim the move will minimize disruptions to multi-tasking passengers

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.

A Delta Airlines Airbus A320 passenger jet taxis seen at Salt Lake City international airport. It will take approximately two months to retrofit 62 planes in the airlines fleet 

It will take two months to alter seats in all of Deltas 62 A320s. Delta isnt reducing the space between rows on the single-aisle jet, which seats 157 passengers. 

Theres long been a debate among frequent travelers if flyers should have a right to recline or not, explained Scott Mayerowitz, executive editorial director of The Points Guy. 

Delta Air Lines Inc. will reduce the amount that seats recline on some planes by about two inches, aiming to preserve the workspace of multitasking business travelers.

Delta appears to be trying to strike a balance between those who want a little space to work and those who want to take a short nap.

It is understood  Delta will rely on passenger feedback, The Points Guy reports, to determine whether the airline will expand the change to the rest of its domestic airplane fleet or go back to the original four inches of coach recline. 

There are no plans to change the coach recline on international flights, according to The Points Guy.

He added: 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 a laptop screen slammed by the seat in front will rejoice at the change.

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