Economics of reclining

How to Resolve Fights over Reclining Airplane Seats: Use Behavioral Economics

Not since the Battle of the Somme has such little space been the subject of such intense conflict. We refer to the fact that Americans are now punching each other on airplanes over 4 inches of space. Specifically, the 4 inches that a coach passenger gains—and that the passenger directly behind loses—when he reclines his seat a few degrees from vertical. For the recliner, those 4 inches can transform a hellish flight into something fractionally less awful. But it also works the other way around. The guy behind the recliner loses the same 4 inches, space that might otherwise accommodate knees or a laptop. ….[READ]

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