Sorry, but I'm one of those who WANTS my seat to recline. Sitting 14hrs without a recline is murder.
It's a great invention those meal trays that you can pull down and then pull towards you. I just wish more pax appreciate it.
I almost got picked up by security at a destination once when a pax joining a flight for 1hr whacked me on the head for putting my seat back and a huge punch up almost occured (20 insomniac long haulers vs. 1 annoying short haulers who's been shouting for beers too!). But I already had been awake for 28hrs from the previous segment and connections. So... I want to recline my seat.
HOWEVER, if the person behind me is a tall person, I'd take that into consideration. I'd put my seat back gently, and not when he's eating. As long as he doesn't whack my head, I'd consider him. Coz I know what it's like being stuck in a seat with broken down recline and the only way to sleep is put your head on the meal tray, and then the person in front keeps putting his/her seat back and forth!
If a 6footer sits behind me, I take his situation into account. But if a little person behind me don't want me to recline my seat because he/she don't like it and he/she reclines his/her seat... There's something wrong.
Once I had an argument with a pax about seat recline. She was sitting behind me, and was very rude about my reclining, but, she'd already said to the pax behind her, "If you don't want me to recline my seat, fine another seat!" Now this kind of pax shouldn't even be allowed to board!
I wish more pax would take into consideration the situation others... It's a 2 way thing. If the person behind you is tall, recline slowly and not during meals. If he/she asks kindly, comply if you can... you tall guys know what I mean... I've sat next to an over 6 footer in agony sitting in the middle seat once... I offered to swap my aisle seat for his... his legs extended, he slept like a baby and was thankful on landing...
I just hope more shorties like me are considerate
Hope no one got insulted...