This story is for the disadvantaged, the weak, the poor — the common man who flies coach. For all you first class or private jet air travelers, do not become alarmed.
USA Today recently reported that Spirit Airlines is installing “pre-reclined” seats on their planes. Will the public accept this marketing tactic without serious bloodshed? Or will Gloria Allred file a class action on behalf of the “seat-backers” as they will begin calling themselves?
I support Spirit’s daring to challenge this annoying entitlement, in this, the land of entitlements. The concept of reclining a seat dates back to the days when there was ample room between you and your neighbor.
However small, uncomfortable and over-priced today’s airline seat is, remember you are only RENTING it. It’s not “yours.” You don’t have the right to make my life miserable for the next couple hours. If you thrust your seat back into my laptop, drink or privates, who says your needs come before mine? In the immortal words of
Matthew Fox on LOST, “we either live together, or die alone.”
Spirit has figured out how to make money while maintaining a threshold of comfort for its customers. These new, lighter seats are more fuel efficient, positively impacting the bottom line and fares. Spirit has always been an industry trendsetter. They were the first to charge for checking a bag, the first to charge for carrying on a bag and now, the first to say sayonara to leaning back at 30,000 feet.
To be fair, have you seen some of the bloated suitcases flight crews are allowing people to take on, to save on that check-in fee? If I need to grunt violently while assisting someone to hoist their “carry-on” into the overhead compartment above my skull, it probably should be handled by a much stronger guy out on the tarmac wearing work gloves.
The new streamlined seats will provide more legroom and less drink spilling for everyone. A rare win-win in life. That is unless you try stuffing your over-sized “personal item” underneath the seat in front of you, leaving no place for your feet. Then when you selfishly try to encroach on the person sitting behind you, guess what happens? Nothing. There’s no more magic silver button loaded in your arm rest.
Enjoy your flight buddy.