Lizzie Post, etiquette expert and co-president of The Emily Post Institute, tells Refinery29 that how you handle a seat-reclining situation on an airplane should depend on your specific situation. Before reclining your seat, take a minute to evaluate how much space you have, how your back feels, and how long the flight is. Once you do that, you can decide if you’re going to ask the person behind you if it’s okay to recline or simply tell the person that you’re going to recline. Post also recommends setting a timer for a reasonable amount of time so that you don’t spend the entire flight with your seat back invading the space of the person behind you.
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