A viral video of a man hitting the seat of another passenger has rekindled the debate that divides travel: to bow or not to bow.
A viral video of a man hitting the seat of another passenger has rekindled the debate that divides travel: to bow or not to bow. Getty Images Travel etiquette is a hotly debated topic, and the tilt policy seems to be the most contentious issue at 35,000 feet. This week, a video of a man hitting the seat of another passenger when she chose to return the seat has gone viral and Twitter users cannot decide who is right. Wendi Williams, flying American Airlines from New Orleans to Charlotte, when she started filming her traveling companion. The video didn’t stop him from pushing his chair. “He was angry that he tilted my seat and hit him about nine times – HARD, how hard I started filming him and he resigned from this behavior,” Williams said of the incident on Twitter during the publication of the video.
@BravoAndy Here’s a great jackhole! He was angry that I reclined my seat and punched it about 9 times – HARD, at which point I began videoing him, and he resigned to this behavior. The other jackhole is the @AmericanAir flight attendant who reprimanded me and offered him rum! pic.twitter.com/dHeUysrKTu
— wendi (@steelersfanOG) February 9, 2020
“I was coming back from a teachers’ congress. The man asked me, with an attitude, to put my seat down because he was eating. I did,” said Williams in a separate Tweet.
“I then tilted him again when he finished. At that point, he started hammering at me. That’s when I started filming and tried to call the hostess. air”.
Answers to Williams are mixed to say the least. The loudest cries seem to be on the side of the male passenger.
“Reclining your seat when traveling by coach is literally the most selfish and thoughtless thing a person can do. It literally ruins the travel experience of the person behind you. You are just as bad if not worse [than] him, “replied one Twitter user.
“Why were you so inconsiderate? Tilting airline seats is a failed move. I admire her resilience. Why would you want to share this video when it puts you in such a bad light?” said another.
While some were on Williams’ side.
“I’m 6’2”, I travel a lot and I always pay for legroom. This boy is wrong, it’s an assault. Everyone who tweets “you should have asked to lie down first” – I’ve never seen anyone ask if you’re okay. This is why I no longer travel by American plane, “said one supporter. Another added:” This behavior is not acceptable, no excuses. “
How people can defend this passive aggressive man in beyond me. Seats recline for a reason. When you take a seat in the last row, you consent to all discomforts associated with it. Otherwise, spend extra for more comfort.
— Lydia G (@Lygure) February 12, 2020
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian even weighed in on the debate.
“The good thing is that if you want to bow to someone, you first ask if you’re okay,” Bastian said in an interview with CNBC. “I never bow because I don’t think I should do anything as a CEO, and I never say anything if someone bow to me.”
In a separate discussion thread, another blogger, Allie Beth Stuckey, presented her “objective and final list of airplane / airport rules”, which does not include flip flops, spicy food, or bedtime food.
Outside of social media, however, people seem more inclined to bow.
According to a YouGov survey, which interviewed 1,219 adults in the United States, 69% of those surveyed agreed that it was good to bow.
Generation X – people born between 1965 and 1981 – were the most relaxed when it came to reclining the seat, with 36% of those polled delighted that travelers did. The youngest travelers, Generation Z – those born after 2000 – were the least inclined, with only 23% of respondents satisfied that people were leaning back.