Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Disturb Your Seatmate

SeatmateDon’t Disturb Your Seatmate
When getting up from your seat on an airplane, don’t pull, lean or yank on the seat in front of you. Use the back of your own chair for leverage so you don’t disturb the passenger in front of you. It’s not that difficult but for some reason, so many people don’t do this. If you hate it when someone does it to you, then don’t do it to someone else.



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9 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Disturb Your Seatmate"

  1. Hey Johnny,

    Thanks for all the tips. I watch you weekly on Leo Laporte’s show. Great job! We’re heading to Cozumel Mexico next week, and I’ll be sure to review your site before we go.


  2. A handicapped person needs to use the seat back in front of them to pull up.
    As close as seats are in economy it doesn’t seem as if it would be possible for
    such a person to use his/her own seatback. I’ll try it next flight.

  3. I just blogged about this as it’s one of the things people do that drive me crazy. NO reason to pull on the seat in front of you, I have gotten out of my seat and never pulled on the seat in front of me. I actually climbed over someone sleeping in the middle and still did use the seats in front of me. It’s totally possible.

  4. I only pull on the back of the seat in front of me when it is practically in my lap. Some people have no consideration for the people behind them. Some seats recline too far. It is especially annoying when I try to get up and see that while they are practically sitting in my lap so that I have no way of using my laptop or tray table for anything, but yet they are comfortably using their laptop on their tray table because the person in front of them is not sitting in their lap. It is interesting that you refer in the article to the person in front of you as your seatmate. Sometimes it seems like they truly are sharing my seat by sitting in my lap.

    What is your opinion of devices that are available that clip onto your tray table and prevent the seat in front of you from reclining too far?

  5. What do you do when the “seatmate” in front of you adjusts the seat back as far back as it will go and leaves it back for the duration of the trip? This leaves very little room for any activity including breathing in some configurations.

    • When that happens, after awhile, I tend to “accidentally” jolt the front seat multiple times … which isn’t hard since it’s practically touching me anyway. Effective so far! They move it pretty fast.

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