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Can Anyone Sleep In Reclining Seats?  
User currently offlineHamburger From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 23 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

There is hardly an airline left in the world that doesn't provide reclining seats on intercontinental flights in First and/or Business class, unless it provides beds.

Now, as far as I know..., people have been sleeping fully flat for millennia. And not at reclines of hundred-umpteen degrees, as all those ads depicting smilingly sleeping travellers, half sitting, half lying down, mostly in impeccably ironed dress shirts or blouses, imply.

Since I have never tried such seats myself, I would like to know whether these reclining seats are really relaxing/enable sound sleep, or rather let one wake up feeling cramped.

Frequent travellers, over to you...

Btw, this is not an attempt in any way to support BA's new Club World. If I remember correctly, that too has already been criticized (for its head-to-foot layout, among others) in this forum.

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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

As long as the cushions are OK and I have good head and leg support everything is OK. Many people sleep in economy class..I think until 200/300 years ago everybody slept sitting up... (afraid all the blood would flow to the head)

Earplugs, eye covers, warm sheet, enough knee room, adjustable headrest : I can sleep. In economy class you often have to wake/stand up to let a neighbour pass by, that's the problem.


User currently offlineDuggan From France, joined Jan 2002, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

When you fly in business or first you usually sleep well after the good meal and fine wine they offer !!!!
Add a bit of champagne and you'll fall asleep anyway

User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1886 times:

Right Duggan,

1 or 2 Bailey's/ Amaretos / Marniers with the coffee can do miracles. Unless there is a well timed Blockbuster starting at the right moment of course .....  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

BA's First seats are excellent @ 2metres length or 6'6". I did a BEJLHR last year. Great, and the generous champagne was suitably chilled!
The Club seats are less than 6' Not sure what that is in metres - haven't tried them yet.

Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
User currently offlineAking8488 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

Large quantities of an adult beverage of your choice before the flight and you'll sleep soundly. That's what I do when I go to Asia. I hate being conscious for 12 hours sitting in a tiny little seat. Of course, this is not to imply this would be appropriate for everyone, it's not.

User currently offline2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

I can fall asleep on a Business Elite seat easily- no booze needed... I can also fall asleep in a domestic firstclass seat, and even a coach seat.. so I dont have problems sleeping upright at all.

User currently offlineKKMolokai From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

American's International First Class Flagship Suites are awesome ... fully flat sleeper seats ... drop down arm rests for added room/comfort ... swival seat capability ... Bose headseats. 1-2-1 seating in First.

AA's Flagship Suites are the only way to travel ... In fact, I'll be experiencing the Flagship Suite again in a few days on my way to/from Paris, France.


We are the people of American Airlines. And we know why you fly.
User currently offlinePhilly Phlyer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

As with most men, I often fall asleep watching TV in my easy chair (usually with one of my dogs in my lap). As such, I easily can fall asleep in the reclining seats in business or first class.

No Problem.

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6512 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

I think it's an airline rule that only people that paid for the seat are allowed to sleep in it.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

people are odd, fascinating, and oddly fascinating.
User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Yeah, I can sleep thru about anything, and sitting upright isn't even that big of a problem
I sleep in my car a lot between classes.

User currently offlineJesseycy From New Zealand, joined Aug 2001, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

Well, I can't sleep. No way. Call me fussy, whatever.... But the seat is so small..... Give me an armchair, sure, I'll go to sleep in a few moments......

For fussy people like me, they invented sleeper beds.....

User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

I can fall asleep with no problem in a BusinessElite seat. I have to be pretty tired to sleep in Domestic First or coach.

It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1718 times:

I can only properly sleep on seats that fold out into a bed. As said before BA first class seats are wonderful. Last November I did LHR-JFK return in First and after some champagne, pasta and dessert I feel straight asleep.

However, I find that I did not get a good nights sleep in Economy or BA's old business class. The reason for this is that I always sleep on my side and therefore in those seats I cannot comfortably sleep on my side.

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8291 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Actually, if you can fall asleep on a reclining sofa like a Barca-Lounger you can fall asleep on most First Class seats that don't recline completely to a bed.  Smile

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

Actually, I have NEVER fallen asleep on an airplane before--even when flying a transatlantic red-eye in Business Class. I always get very wired when I travel, and being a minor, the drinks trolley isn't really an option. However, I've never taken a flight that's lasted longer than 6 hours, so perhaps I might be able to sleep if the flight were long enough.

User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

Same here-- There's just too much to see on a flight for me to sleep through it!

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