Major airline is cutting economy seat recline on certain planes

It’s the great debate that has split passengers for years: to recline, or not recline?

Now, US airline Delta has weighed in on the controversial issue.

From Saturday, it might be tougher for certain Delta passengers to reach snoozing altitude at cruising altitude as their seats won’t recline as far back.

The Atlanta-based airline announced a plan to retrofit its 62 Airbus A320 jets with seats that tilt back in an effort to create more personal space for passengers, the New York Post reported.

The news was first reported by The Points Guy’s Scott Mayerowitz, who added it should take two months for the airline to install the new seats.

The alterations will improve the personal space of passengers, Delta said.Source:istock

The A320 jets affected mostly fly quick one to two-hour trips in North America. The refitted seats won’t be rolled out for international flights.

After the alterations, economy seats will be reduced from a 4-inch recline to a 2-inch one. Meanwhile, seats in first class will go from a 5.5-inch recline to 3.5 inches.

The airline says these changes are a test and feedback from passengers will determine whether the change will affect other domestic jets or return to their prior 4-inch tilt.

The alterations don’t impact on leg room per seat or add extra seats to the cabins.

The move is about preventing a sudden deep recline of any passenger that bothers the person seated right behind.

Reclining is a controversial move on planes.Source:Getty Images

Also, since the A320 planes have back-of-seat screens with entertainment that doesn’t tilt at an angle, the reduced recline means that passengers can still watch movies and shows with good visibility.

It also means that there’s more space for folks in the middle and window seats to wriggle out of their spots to get to the aisle.

“I’m sure it will reduce some friction between passengers,” airline industry consultant Robert Mann told The Points Guy.

“Every one of those incidents creates at least one irate customer and one who wonders what all the fuss is about.”

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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