Delta to restrict seat recline, making flying even worse

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USA airlines drop the distance that seats recline from 13cm to 9cm in first class, and to 5cm from 10cm in business & economy.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed it will further limit to how far seats in coach and first class recline on its fleet of Airbus A-320s.

"This is not a push to add seats to the cabin or find a way to reduce the pitch of the seats", Director of onboard product and customer experience, Ekrem Dimbiloglu, told Skift, "It's about ensuring an optimal experience". "It's all about protecting customers' personal space and minimizing disruptions to multitasking in-flight".

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Delta deny they are trying to fit additional seats on to the aircraft or will save money. As many business travelers know, a fully reclined seat can mean the end of the ability to get work done.

Frequent fliers are already appreciative.

The airline says these changes are a test; feedback from passengers will determine whether this change will affect other domestic jets or whether coach seats will return to their prior 4-inch tilt. Delta told The Points Guy that it doesn't plan to reduce legroom or add seats. "I have to turn them sideways, and it's worse when the seat drops back". They may be able to sit back and relax - but only so far.

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Delta typically flies the A320 on short- to medium-haul routes averaging one to two hours, which are frequented by business travelers, according to Huddleston.

"I just flew last week on Iberia Express between Madrid and Seville and noticed their seats didn't have a recline button, and I thought it would be great if United States carriers started doing the same", he said.

Delta expects it will take two months to change all of Delta's A320s which includes about 62 planes in the fleet.

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And if the change works for Delta, Mayerowitz predicted that other USA airlines will follow.

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