What to take to Australia for a year?
Replies: 53 - Last Post: Jul 19, 2012 1:54 AM Last Post By: bellart1
Jul 16, 2012 6:24 AM
30Qantas, Emirates, Singapore, Virgin always come round telling you to put your seat up before they serve food. Think about it, you couldn't eat from your tray if the seat is sloping back. Maybe you've never reclined your seat until after a meal is served?
Jul 16, 2012 6:33 AM
31I don't remember anyone doing that on the 4 Singapore flights I was on 2 years ago.
Jul 16, 2012 1:41 PM
32I have always been asked to put my seat back upright when meals are served, in recent times (like all flights I've been on NZ - UK in the last six years). This applies to Air NZ, Thai airways, singapore airlines, and korean. The stewards come round beforehand and ask everyone to put their seat back upright if they are reclined.
I guess you were lucky if you got away with having your seat back, OG.
Jul 16, 2012 2:50 PM
I don't want people to ask me permission to recline their seat. I'd just like a heads up as opposed to just getting a seat in the face. Plus, what do you mean every time they recline? How many times during a flight do you tend to recline your seat? Just after meals or are you up and down every 20 minutes or something? I also don't appreciate having someones knees in my kidneys because they insist on curling their legs up. Who is it who is being unreasonable here? All I was asking for was decent manners and people to sit in a seat the way they were designed for. I feel like you are reacting like I am some kind of freak.
Jul 16, 2012 3:14 PM
Jul 16, 2012 3:20 PM
Jul 16, 2012 3:28 PM
36Jesus christ, all I said was I don't like people sticking their knees in my back or people dropping their seat in my face, I'm not against reclining chairs. Anyone would think I'm trying to propose the annexation of Poland!
Jul 16, 2012 3:32 PM
Jul 16, 2012 3:33 PM
Re:seat reclining. There seems to be a bit of a culture gap between those used to short/medium-haul flights (i.e anywhere in Europe or America) who think it's a bit rude, and those used to long-haul like UK-Australia, where it's a necessity. On the latter, seats fully reclined is definitely the norm so best to expect it. Nobody normal can sit upright for 27 hours. They shouldn't have to ask to recline, and of the 400 people onboard, most won't, so keep your face out of the seatback.
I practice the ancient art of getting in and out of my seat without using the headrest in front as a launching pad, but that seems to be a dying courtesy.
Jul 16, 2012 3:40 PM
39I practice the ancient art of getting in and out of my seat without using the headrest in front as a launching pad, but that seems to be a dying courtesy
Ha, yes indeed.
I've never noticed anyone having any issue with seats being reclined even on medium-haul flights. Can't really recall from short-haul.
Fowler, what do you do if the person behind you says yes, actually, I DO mind if you recline your seat? Do you not?
this is hysterical.
Edited by: LisaMNZ
Jul 16, 2012 3:47 PM
Jul 16, 2012 3:50 PM
41ha ha... excellent.
fowler, what I view as demonstrating common sense and courtesy (to paraphrase your earlier comments) is quite different to you. That doesn't mean that I don't believe common sense and courtesy are important. All it does mean is that you are a bit of a strange one :-)
And to answer your question about why I'm arguing with you - because it's pretty entertaining TBH, and I'm bored. I didn't think it was quite an argument anyway; more an exchange of views.
I'm not quite sure what your first sentence was trying to say so in aid of continuing what you see as an argument, perhaps you could expand and explain, in an inflammatory way if at all possible.
Jul 16, 2012 3:50 PM
Jul 16, 2012 3:52 PM
43fowler - get real. On long haul flights, pretty much everyone reclines fully. 400+ people on a 747 or A380 turning round to ask if the person behind minds each time is not practical and likely to annoy them rather than strike them as polite.
Take a quick look if you must and then recline gently like most long haul flyers do.
Jul 16, 2012 4:09 PM
44Maybe argument was the wrong word, difference of opinion may be more suited. Was great chatting to you. I think I have this Catholic guilt thing, I'm always apologising, maybe thats why I feel the urge to turn around and ask the person behind me if they mind me dropping my seat back, it never occured to me that me doing that may do their head in. Ha ha. Well thats another one for my list of neurosis.
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