Well- seeing as how no-one has mentioned this- what about all the publicity about seat reclining on aeroplanes ? and the new gizmo that stops it happening?
Here is my 5 cents worth. When we emigrated here over 3 years ago-we flew with Qantas from London. During the first mealtime the woman in the seat in front of me, decided she had finished her few crumbs and promptly reclined her seat- I ended up with my dinner in my lap! For the rest of 12 hours of the flight- I ate my food off my chest!
I complained to one of the flight attendants who said there was nothing I could to- the woman was free to do that as much as she liked. In fact the majority of the flight including all meal times her seat was reclined fully. By the time we reached Melbourne I was ready to do her some serious harm!
Personally I never recline my seat at mealtimes, I think it is being very selfish, I could have reclined my seat, but then the poor soul behind would have been inconvenienced as well. Maybe there should be an announcement before meals are served, advising people to upright their seats for everyone's well being. Once the meal is cleared away, another announcement to recline if needed.
What does everyone else think?