Days after a viral video of an American Airlines passenger punching the reclining seat of a woman sitting in front of him left the internet divided on whether to recline or not to recline, the government has put out what it calls "etiquette of flying".
"A little bit of basic good manners and respect are always worth a thumbs up. Your seat is not a sleeper berth. Don't be inconsiderate of other people's space," the Civil Aviation Ministry tweeted on Saturday, with an illustration of a reclined seat on a flight.
The ministry further advises passengers, "With the limited space you have, if you must recline, do it carefully. Always think about the people around you because no one wants your head in their laps."
A little bit of basic good manners and respect are always worth a thumbs up.— Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) February 22, 2020
Your seat is not a sleeper berth. Don't be inconsiderate of other people's space.#BeAResponsibleTraveller#EtiquettesOfFlyingpic.twitter.com/K8N30wLZRd
While many argued that recliner seats are indeed meant to be reclined, some others wanted airlines to increase the legroom.
yup.(@stillwrinkled) February 22, 2020
Want space? Pay more. this is airline business not Jio data
In another tweet on Friday, the ministry urged travelers to be considerate of the cabin storage space. "Don't be a binhog, be a responsible traveller and travel smart," the ministry tweeted.
A little bit of basic good manners and respect are always worth a thumbs up. Don't be a binhog, be a responsible traveller and travel smart. #BeAResponsibleTraveller#EtiquettesOfFlyingpic.twitter.com/MJM28nWrAz— Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) February 21, 2020
In a recent video, an angry man can be seen continuously punching the reclined seat of a woman in front of him. "I've decided to share my assault, from the passenger behind me, and the further threats, from an American Airline flight attendant. She offered him a complimentary cocktail," the woman tweeted.
A little concerned that @AmericanAir didn't feel this was a problem.— Amica Ali (@AmicaAli) February 8, 2020
Not sure about the rest of you, but I would surely consider someone continually tapping on the back of my seat to be a nuisance. https://t.co/DmRKUpA36Opic.twitter.com/Xts7hfQAcw
Similar incidents of battle for legroom on flights has initiated debates on whether it's up to airlines to make more space between seats or if it's up to flyers to make adjustments.