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May 19

Just For Fun: Here Is The Worst Idea That I’ve Ever Seen…

(Source: Flyertalk)

Plane passengers should pay each other for the right to recline their seat, a study has found.

A series of experiments from two top law professors in America found that plane passengers would demand on average $18 (£14) to stop the person in front reclining their seat.

They said the bargaining idea would ensure “no one gets punched in the face”.

People would also demand $41 (£31) from their fellow passengers not to decline their seat, according to the study.

I’m assuming that this concept is a joke, although that is discouraged on airlines these days. According to The Evening Standard, a couple of New York professors decided that the best way to that passengers have the recline preferences that they desire* is to have them pay each other for them.

Are there a lot of passengers punching each other in the face now (Insert United Airlines joke here.)? Because this policy would certainly lead to passenger-on-passenger violence.

I see no scenario under which the free market works at 30,000 feet, although it would result in a lot of amusing YouTube videos. Can you imagine two middle-seat passengers bargaining over whether the guy in front can recline? And if the “default option” is that he is not allowed to recline, won’t the person in back of him demand an exorbitant amount for the right to do so? What about if the person in the middle seat has to go to the lav? Are they allowed to ask the person in front of them to pull their seat up, even if they sold the right? How about if the person in the window seat has to get up, but the person in the middle sold the right to recline? Would there be any relationship between the two? Would an entire row need to bargain with the entire row in front (or in back) of them? The list goes on and on.

On the plus side, airlines would save a fortune on in-flight entertainment. The passengers could just watch each other.


*Beginner’s Hint: As far as I know, every airline gives the space behind your seat to the recliner (although there are airlines whose seats don’t recline at all). In other words, if I am sitting in front of you and feel like reclining, it is my right to do so. To the best of my knowledge, there is no official FAA seatback rule imposed by government fiat. Yet.



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