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Having just endured a sleepless night to ensure prompt arrival at an airport for a very early flight, I was allocated a seat on a flight in front of the toilets.
The joy of not being able to 'recline' my seat was torture. Sitting bolt upright for several hours on a flight is no pleasure. Why do airlines have seats here? Not only are you subjected to the pong of the toilet, you also have to put up with people queuing next to you whilst trying to sleep, eat or read etc.
Then to top it all, the person in front of me reclined their seat so that the head rest was 20cm away from my face. The person in front then had the audacity to call the steward to complain that my legs were pressing on their seat. Where am I supposed to put my legs, around my neck? Needless to say, the steward explained to the Australian female, that I could not recline my seat, due to having the toilet directly behind me. I explained to the steward that if she moved her seat up a few centimetres, problem solved.
One push too many from the person in front...
Anyway, she refused. So for the next 4 hours I put up with her pushing her seat into my knees every 5 seconds, where I pushed back to allow the blood to flow in my legs. On the point of exploding, I had to contain my frustration to the point of doing nothing in case a situation arose. Alas, it did. One push too many from the person in front really pushed me over the top. I sprung up and said 'please could you put your chair up as it is crushing my legs'. With a sarcastic reply from her, that was it. Talking normally on a hushed aeroplane seems louder than it really is so when I retorted with calling her a child, stewards came running up to me shouting 'sit down sit down', as if I was a terrorist.
... trying to make a point on an aeroplane gets you no where unless you want the risk of getting arrested
What's up with everyone, trying to make a point on an aeroplane gets you no where unless you want the risk of getting arrested when you land. When all I was trying to do was to sit comfortably without developing a blood clot. As I can't afford first class, sitting in these cattle cart seats is all I can do and I was not being unreasonable.
Next time, I'll just shake the hell out of the headrest of the incredibly inconsiderate person in front and take the risk of getting arrested. We all pay the same price roughly for these seats so why shouldn't I make a complaint? Make a complaint to the airline...don't bother, they just want your money and don't care. Presumably the seats and seating space for individuals is getting smaller so they can extract more profit per flight.