Passengers should pay for reclining their flight seats suggests study

Published on : Friday, May 19, 2017

planeReclining seats during a flight is one of the most disputable situations. It, in fact is a sure-fire move to make the person behind you feel disgusted, for apparently no wrong of yours.


Two American law professors have potentially come up with a solution, proposing a bargaining system whereby passengers would have to pay for the privilege of putting their seat back – or be paid to refrain from doing so.


Christopher Buccafusco and Christopher Jon Sprigman conducted a study to figure out how much people would be prepared to lay out to take advantage of their reclining capabilities. They charted a price for the same. On average, passengers would be willing to pay $12 (£9.20) to the passenger behind them to lean back. However, those sitting in the seat behind would demand far more, requiring $39 (£29.90) before they sacrificed their legroom.


The flip side of the story showed passengers would cough up $18 (£14) to stop the person in front reclining – while the person in front would require $41 (£31) to refrain from doing so.


Keeping the series of high profile incidents aboard aircraft, Buccafusco and Sprigman supported the concept of bargaining for certain privileges.


They wrote that seat recline space is efficiently allocated. Airlines are marginally further from bankruptcy. They also found out people responded better to the idea of swapping reclining privileges for a drink or snack during a flight, rather than dealing with money. This is for the fact that most passengers have some ethical resistance to the idea of making every human interaction into a money transaction.

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2 Responses to Passengers should pay for reclining their flight seats suggests study

  1. Dan Cormany says:

    Why not just charge for seats if the poor wretches feel they need to sit down? Better yet, load them in like logs – more per square foot. After all, humanity long ago left the airline objectives. Maybe restaurants could require you bring your own China? Think of the savings they would achieve! Hotels could go back to a gang bathroom on each floor. The cost savings boggle the mind.

    Airlines are the single least humane business in the legalized world. If only Congress would break the oligopoly that currently exists, we might be treated like something resembling humanity again. Until then, basic considerations and the most minimal of consideration will be out of reach of all but the first class traveler.

    Perhaps a jaw that all airline staff – including CEOs – must travel by air in the cheapest, least comfortable. Onditions might gain a bit of awareness from these Mercenary pigs

  2. alicia says:

    People that made this study are sick minds…

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