Video of woman screaming about being allowed to recline plane seat goes viral, ignites debate

  • 06/11/2023

Footage of an irate woman yelling about her right to recline an airplane seat has reignited the age-old debate around reclining etiquette while flying. 

The video's origin appears to be TikTok user Graham Nancarrow, but it has since been widely shared across various social media platforms and news websites.

Apparently videoed in the US at the end of a flight, the woman is seen screaming over her seat at the row behind her.

"The whole trip she pushed my seat!" the woman yells at a man seemingly seated beside the alleged seat-pusher.

"No, you seen it. You know she did. I'm allowed to put my seat back! I'm allowed to put my seat back! I'm allowed to put my seat back!"

The short clip ends with the woman looking as though she is turning to storm off.

It's not clear when or where the incident took place or which airline it was with, but it's clear people have wildly varying opinions about who was in the right - as well as the rightness or wrongness of reclining a seat in an economy cabin.

"Those seats move a whole three inches. If someone reclining bothers you, then buy a first-class ticket," one person tweeted.

"Just another privileged Karen showing her true colours.  This is why I try to never fly coach," said another user of X, formerly Twitter.

"Nah. I'm reclining my seat. It's not malicious," added a third.

"I have no issue with the person in front of me reclining their seat but if I accidently bump into your seat in my small amount of space, you best be quiet," another said.

Video of American woman screaming about being allowed to recline plane set goes viral, ignites debate.
She'd had a gutsful. Photo credit: TikTok/grahamnancarrow

Another opined: "Putting your seat back in coach is an unspoken thing most people don't do. It's really the airline's fault because they've made coach so cramped and tight that putting the seat back shouldn't even be an option."

Others had more elaborate 'unspoked' rules, such as one X user stating: "Travel etiquette: if it's less than a two-hour flight then don't put it back. More than that and you should do whatever you want. Even if someone puts it back on a short flight that is their right. It is their seat. They can use it to the full extent allowed."