Reclining Their Seat on a Plane

How to Prevent the Passenger in Front of Your Seat from Reclining Their Seat on a Plane

February 13, 2020

Recliners were designed to offer its users the utmost comfort, especially on long-haul flights. However, recliner for sleeping can be uncomfortable for the person sitting behind them in a plane. You just got to your seat and sat comfortably, ready for a several hours flight when you realize that the passenger in front of you has inclined his/her seat too far.

This can leave you in a very uncomfortable position, especially if you have to endure several hours in it. You can talk to the person at the seat in front of you and tell him that their reclining seat is making your sitting position uncomfortable.

However, aside from this, there are other things you can do without saying a single word and enjoy comfortable seating. Check them out below.

Have a Strong Bottle at your Hand before Entering the Plane

After passing the security check, purchase a large beverage bottle such as water or soda. This bottle will act as your defender against reclining seat during your flight. The bottle can be used with or without the content inside. Nevertheless, you will not literally use the bottle as a weapon.

When to get ready

Get ready at the time when the seatbelt sign is turned off or at the time you notice the passenger in front of you appears like he wants to recline the chair.

This step is important because once the person inclines the chair, you will be left with no option other than talking to the person seated on the inclined chair. Keep looking at the illuminated signs or listen to the instructions from the captain or the flight attendants.

Lower the tray table

This action will definitely occupy some of your space but it will be important in preventing the recliner from reclining. Ensure that you have some clearance space since you will need this to lower your table. Remember you will be required to lock the drawer during taking off as well as landing.

Place your Bottle under the Tray Table Latch

This is the intervention step that will prevent the seat from reclining. Use something like a book or something similar to help in holding the bottle in an ideal position between the latch and the tray. Once you have placed the bottle, push it as far as possible towards the seat in front of you. Once you have done this, you can relax and enjoy your flight since the passenger in front of you won’t be able to push the seat back to affect your comfort.


The above steps give you a simple way to prevent the person sitting in front of you from reclining their seat to the point of affecting your own comfort. If this does not work, do not keep quiet but instead talk to the person. After all, it is your right to get the value for your money by enjoying a comfortable flight.

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