Have airline companies become so fattened within their ivory tower of monopoly govern that CEOs can no longer grasp the meaning of customer service? The latest reaction from Delta’s top brass Ed Bastian regarding the viral tale about a rude American Eagle passenger slugging the reclined seat in front of him indicates that may be so.
Earlier this week, a 45 -second video clip went viral on social media, demonstrating a male passive-aggressively punching a woman’s reclined seat ahead of him while aboard an American Eagle flight, picking up millions of views and millions of retweets.
This video has the internet legitimately divided.
Dude is in the last seat on the plane. Seat doesn’t recline.
Hers does. And she reclines.
He’s upset, and is punching her seat incessantly — so she records.
Who is right ?! Who is wrong ?!
— Marina Marraco (@ MarinaMarraco) February 12, 2020
The clip intensely divided the internet, with some people sympathizing with the man, believing that the woman had acted rudely by recline her seat in the first place, given that the person behind her was in the final row. Others believed the man mishandled developments in the situation and should have raised his discomfort with the flight attendant instead of acting so aggressively. Weighing in on the situation Friday was none other than Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian, who said that passengers should now learn to ask permission before reclining in their( purchased and paid under) seats.
“I think patrons have the right to recline, ” Bastian said on CNBC’s” Squawk Box .” “I see the proper thing to do is if you’re going to recline into somebody that you ask if it’s okay first and then you do it.”
Bastian added that he never reclines, believing it unbecoming of a male in his position to do so.
“I never recline, because I don’t think it’s something as CEO I should be doing, ” Bastian said. “I never say anything if someone reclines into me.”
People on social media roundly teased Ed Bastian’s suggestion that passengers now have some unwritten duty to ask to recline their seats from now on.
” Guys: the blame for lack of cabin/ recline seat-related comfort is the airlines. Not your fellow passengers. Accusing them is like blaming the steerage passengers on the Titanic ,” tweeted Clare Jeffery of Mother Jones.
” Dear Delta CEO, if you threw a recliner on a seat, people should be able to use it( and not have it slam into the person behind them ). If you don’t want people to recline, don’t include it, but if you include an amenity , nobody should have to ask another passenger’s permission ,” tweeted entrepreneur Carol Roth.
” No, this a cop-out by Delta. I expect my fellow travellers to extend that time expansion of the seat for solace and health reasons. I don’t get angry at them, I get angry at Delta, and other airlines, for outfitting their aircraft as if we are cattle ,” said one Twitter user.
People were especially incensed over the fact that airlines have done nothing to accommodate their airplanes with spacious accommodations. In fact, as noted by the New York Post, airlines have been looking into efficient methods of further stiffening their already tight seating rooms in the hopes of cramming more butts into the seats 😛 TAGEND
In October, it was revealed that FAA researchers were recruiting volunteers for a study into whether tighter space on aircrafts decreased passenger safety.
In 2017, researchers at NYU and Cardozo School of Law wrote research studies that examined whether fighting over reclining seats could be prevented by charging passengers to recline.
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