TikToker’s ‘Unethical’ Plane 'Life Hack' To Punish Passengers Reclining Seats Divides Opinions

By Abdul Rafay in Travel On 27th November 2023
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There are many arguments on social media platforms about plane etiquette, making it a contentious topic on the internet.

As many people depart for their summer vacations, the argument undoubtedly heats up in the summer, but it undoubtedly persists throughout the winter.

After all, people do take flights throughout the winter!

Regarding airplane etiquette, one of the most contentious issues is whether or not reclining seats are appropriate.

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This viral 'unethical' hack on TikTok has divided opinions evenly, so if you're the type of person who finds it annoying when individuals take it upon themselves to recline their seat on an airplane, you might find it interesting to keep the recliners at away.

While some are expressing gratitude to @theLKshow, the originator, for revealing the passive-aggressive method, others are speaking out strongly in favor of reclining seats.


The brief six-second video says just that: "When you are on a flight and the person in front of you reclines their seat all the way and leaves you no room. Turn on the air-con above you on full blast and point it at the top of their head."

In the caption, the TikToker added: "The plane ride is so long when you get one of these people in front of you #plane #reclinetheseat #annoyingpassengers."

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This trick is really clever if you're the type of person who gets uncomfortable with a reclined airplane seat, especially if you're not one to make a big deal out of things.

@thelkshow The plane ride is so long when you get one of these people in front of you 🥱 #plane #reclinetheseat #annoyingpassengers ♬ Blicky - Fresh X Reckless

Though not everyone found the advice to be satisfactory, the long-standing argument quickly erupted again.

"Unethical? I think this is completely reasonable," one impressed viewer commented.

A second, who discovered the viral video far too late, wrote: "Wish I had done this. The guy just told me that the seats move that far back for a reason. I was squashed the whole flight."


A third person, who is anti recline said: "I have the right to play a two-hour drum solo on my tray table after you recline."

Hitting back, a pro-recline viewer argued: "Seats are meant to recline. Recline your seat or upgrade to an area with more legroom."

Another agreed: "I stay awake the entire flight and it doesn't bother me if the person in front of me reclines. Flights are expensive. Recline if you want to."

And a third challenged: "I'll take the extra AC with my seat laid back."

Many, who were obviously in favor of reclining airline seats, implored viewers to think about their suggestion, which is for everyone to recline their seats simultaneously.

"The seats are so uncomfortable... everyone should collectively recline!" declared one.

Similarly, another wrote: "OK but hear me out - EVERYONE should recline, that way everybody is comfy and nobody has less room."


Whichever side of the debate you are on, you have to acknowledge that does seem like the least troublesome course of action.

But until then, expect air conditioning in your face, and recliners—the likelihood of us all coming to a consensus is quite slim.