Delta Is Cutting Your Seat Recline by 2 Inches

Male passenger with knees against female passenger’s seat on airplane

Male passenger with knees against female passenger’s seat on airplane

In essence, the move is about preventing a sudden deep recline of any passenger, which bothers the person seated right behind.

It's not just coach passengers that will have to cope with change: First-class seat recline will decrease from 5.5 inches to 3.5 inches.

Delta spokeswoman Savannah Huddleston told CNN Travel: 'As part of Delta's continued efforts to make the in-flight experience more enjoyable, Delta is testing a small change to its A320 aircraft - adjusting the recline throughout to make multitasking easier'. "If we were adding seats, or something else, the cynics would be correct. It's all about protecting customers" personal space and minimizing disruptions to multitasking in-flight'. According to Skift, seat recline will be reduced by 50 percent on 62 airplanes that fly "business routes shorter than two hours". It will take about two months to adjust the entire fleet. However, this isn't because the airline is squeezing more seats into the cabin - and you might actually find it's a good thing. "I have to turn them sideways, and it's worse when the seat drops back".

The Points Guy reports that the airline will limit how far passengers can lean back on some domestic flights.

"I'm sure it will reduce some friction between passengers", airline industry consultant Robert Mann tells The Points Guy.

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"It's hard to believe that any airline taking away something from passengers today could be a good thing", The Points Guy Executive Editorial Director Scott Mayerowitz said in a statement. Feedback from travelers and employees will help determine whether Delta retrofits other aircraft. According to The Points Guy, though, the airline has no plans to do so yet.

Mayerowitz explained that less leg space could come as a welcome development for some passengers.

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