The dude punching is nothing but a
P R I C K !
Grow up you passive aggressive NUT. I feel for the lady. She chose a seat that reclined... he chose to be cheap.
I elected to take the last available seat on a flight once and it was literally the last seat on this particular AA A321. Last row, starboard side, window. I chose the flight, but not the seat. When I boarded (last to board because of the circumstances) the fellow in the window seat ahead of me already had his seat "fully" reclined at the gate and I had to politely ask him to raise his seat just so I could take my seat and store my camera bag under his seat. I think he did recline afterwards, so what. I dealt with it. It was the poor fellow in the middle seat next to me who was about as wide in the shoulders as is possible...he was big. That was more uncomfortable than the reclined seat in front of me.
The reason I was on this flight was this. I'd just flown in to HNL on this particular A321 (N118NN) from LAX. I was planning on taking the return flight to PHX on the A330-300 that night. After about 45 minutes of walking around HNL (still airside) I looked up at the arrivals screen and saw my outbound flight to PHX later that night had cancelled. Apparently the inbound flight from PHX had a technical issue and had to return to PHX about an hour or so into the flight to HNL. So, weighing my options (this was purely discretionary travel - no purpose other than log the flights and planes) I went back to the boarding gate and inquired if there were any seats available back to LAX on this A321 I'd just deplaned from "an hour" or so ago. Initially I was told no, I'd have to accept my rebooking the next day via LAX. As I was walking away from the podium, the agent called out to me and informed me there was in fact one seat left if I wanted it. I eagerly accepted. Thankfully it was a window seat...I always book window seats when I can.
So yes, maybe this guy was "cheap" (or maybe not) and chose not to purchase a different seat...it may have been assigned to him. Many travelers probably don't realize certain seats on a plane don't recline or have minimal recline. Many of us on these forums likely have much more awareness on our options, but this guy definitely had no reason to be an arse over the situation. The lady who did recline her seat had every right to do so but in doing so chose to ignore the situation and not compromise.
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