Recently, I came across a post with an attention-grabbing title: To Recline, Or Not To Recline: That Is The Question. As you probably guessed, the recline in question are seats on an airplane. As somebody who used to travel extensively for work, I have grappled with this question for years.
Although the post focuses more on the etiquette involved when reclining conflict arises, there was a line that caught my eye: “Obviously, there are no hard and fast rules.”
I believe there are definitive rules on when you should – and should not – recline your seat on an airplane. While there are some caveats (red-eye flights, flights over four hours long), for the most part there is a very simple decision-making process to follow to know if you should push that silver button on your seat.
To make it easy to understand, I created a quick flowchart (click to enlarge):