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Your Kindness When Flying Is Appreciated, Believe Me
On a recent international flight, I happened to be talking to the passenger sitting right behind me in coach before takeoff. Everyone was getting settled in, arranging their cramped space, putting books, iPads, headphones, snacks and other items within easy reach.
When I mentioned that I had work to do and would probably not sleep or recline, that passenger behind me joyously proclaimed, "Oh thank God!" He went on to say how much he appreciated the thought and noted, "That's just common flight courtesy." Others chimed in, agreeing with him.
I really did not think much about it at the time. But in reflection, that few inches the seat goes back really does not make all that much difference when I do try to sleep on a flight. It's not like reclining turns the narrow coach seat into a Lazy Boy with heated massage capability anyway. But not reclining can mean so much to the person behind us that loses the space.