実践ビジネス英語 2020/3/13 (6)To recline or not to recline
Our current vignette talks about reclining one’s seat on a plane and how to avoid friction with the person sitting behind you. Heather, have you ever argued with a fellow passenger over this issue?
I haven’t. You know, I don’t remember this being an issue when I was younger and flying more often. At least, I hope it wasn’t an issue and that people weren’t fuming in silence behind me. But as Alvarez points out, economy-class seating has been getting more and more cramped, so when I reclined my seat in the past, I
probably wasn’t getting quite so much into the space of the person behind me. Yet at the same time, I think I usually didn’t recline my seat all the way when the lights were on. I would put my seat back a bit, so it was a little more comfortable. The only time I reclined fully was when the lights were turned off. And as the vignette also states, that’s a time when it’s not likely to offend the person behind us. I also haven’t been on a Shinkansen train lately, so I haven’t heard about or seen, practiced the etiquette on reclining seats there.