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I agree with Dan Kois in Slate: Ban the reclining of airline seats. I'm 6'4" and when the nice-person-turned-sometimes-unwitting-jerk in front of me slams his seat back, I suffer. 

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/a_fine_whine/2013/02/reclining_airplane_seats_are_a_terrible_idea_and_should_be_banned.single.html

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I'd prefer a sleeping pod...like bee larvae in a honeycomb.

Wake me up when I get there.
 
I'm 6' 6" and feel his pain.  I will usually kindly ask the person in front of me to warn me before coming back and about half the time they remember.
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Not only do they slam the seat back, then they push on it repeatedly like it should move further.
 
No offense, Jeff, but when I hear tall people complaining about airplane travel being too cramped, I want to break out my tiny violin for them. In  pretty much every other way in our society, being tall is a huge advantage. To complain that airplanes aren't catering to you as well is just a bit hard to take seriously. It's like #firstworldproblem  taken to a whole new level...as in the ultra-wealthy guy complaining that the free espresso at the Ferrari dealership isn't as good as he'd prefer.
 
I'm only 5' 11" and I feel like a pretzel. I can't imagine being taller. Hmmm maybe that's the problem. Engineers at Boeing should be hired on the basis of height.
 
I can't figure out how the guy in the middle of 3 gets to his overhead bin.
 
+Craig Froehle being tall isn't purely a benefit. In addition to airplanes most fuel efficient vehicles are also quite uncomfortable. On the other hand many studies indicate a correlation between height and earnings so tall people can afford less efficient vehicles. 
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It is the airline that chooses to put the seats that close together, all of the seats are on tracks that allow for adjustment/removal. The airline wants to put more people on the plane so they cram the seats as close as possible to accommodate a person of average height or slightly below that.

+Craig Froehle I don't think that he is just complaining because he is tall, it is a problem that many people have faced. I could talk about all of the things that have been set up for right handed people just because that is what the average person is (statistically speaking) which leave all of the left hand dominant people at a disadvantage of having to learn how to do things with their other hand. Suffice it to say that the airlines are taking advantage of the situation that could be better buy having one less row of seats in the plane.
 
+Craig Froehle Try flying from Singapore to Houston with the person in front of you practically in your lap and your knees pressed painfully against the seat back.  It might seem trivial to you, it's not to those of us who fly a lot and have to deal with this.
 
I would worry about that try coming down in turbulence and decapitating someone :)
 
Oh, come on, +Craig Froehle, that's just too up-yours PC for me. I'm paying an airline for a service, not for being held prisoner. You want to chant for the masses, then at least have sympathy for folks stuck in economy on long flights. Poor folks. 
 
But how will they then charge for extra leg room? This is about revenues, not passenger comfort. If it was the seats wouldn't suck so badly, without the reclining seat issue.
 
If you don't like people reclining their seats, don't fly.


 
Not just tall people suffer. I'm 5'4" and I suffer!
 
How do you get past that overhead pod to sit in your seat? Looks like it is pretty low over the space.  Kind of claustrophobic even.

Also, where does the oxygen mask drop down from?  
 
I never would have guessed that you were 6'4"! Videos can be deceiving!
 
+Travis Koger They already charge for extra leg room. There are a few seats on every plane that have extra legroom (the front of each cabin and the emergency exit seats for example), by charging to reserve those seats I'm being penalised for being 6'7". I lucked into such seats on the way to Mexico from London. On the return flight I couldn't have the same or a similar seat because someone had booked it.
 
+Jeff Jarvis ,  I am also tall and I got in arguments with jerks. One of those slammed his seat on my knee cap during take off. When I complained, Mr Jerk said "I have the right to recline my seat, it is not my fault that your knee was in the way"...
 
I wonder how much extra each ticket would cost of the took out a couple of rows to give everyone a little more room?
 
+Christian Beltrame That's another rant for another day.  When I fly internationally I find my fellow travelers to be a little more polite and cultured.  Yes, even my fellow Americans.  As soon as I'm on a domestic flight it's every man for himself, me first forget you, belligerence, etc.
 
+Craig Froehle you sound a bit jealous. I'm 193cm (6'4" for those of you in the US, Liberia or Myanmar) and have given up on buying pants and shoes locally. Fitting in cars, busses or trains is a hassle as well, the world seems to be designed for 180cm tall people.

When disabled people complain of lack of wheelchair access, do you play your violin for them as well? 
 
+Søren Siim Nielsen =P Are you trying to create a new PC category... Low Vertically Challenged?

I do like the sound of being tall as a disability though.

:)
 
I don't get why they charge you for checking bags. They should charge you for carry on!
 
Checked bags are typically heavier and therefore add to the weight of the plane, which increases the fuel cost, therefore less profit for them.
 
And they have to pay people to load and unload checked bags. 
 
And it reduces the cargo the plane can carry.
 
Wow ..that's tall didn't realize you are 6 ft 4"
 
I am only 6'2'' so you are someone who I will always look up to.
 
Boy, I can see both sides of this. I am not tall - only 5'10". However, I already take ibuprofen before getting on the plane to help prevent the neck and muscle aches I get every time I fly. They are worse if I can't recline my seat. I don't complain when the people behind me kick my seat all flight (on an off) and I don't have a problem when the person in front of me reclines their seat either. It is just a "shared suffering" that we all must deal with unless we want to pay more. We all deal with the poor large person next to us overflowing into our seat, the tall person behind us whose knees are in our back, etc. We just have to be polite and try to get through it without being rude.
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The simplest solution is forcing the airline executives to suffer through the same seating in their offices.  Let them spend a few days in meetings piled on each other and let them know the seating improves as the airline seating improves.

Unfortunately corporate greed is driving this as they will force as many rows as possible into those planes.
 
+Jerry Ham See both sides!  No, you're supposed to pick a side and flame the other.  Are you new to the Internet?  :-)
 
The problem is there is an effective duopoly when it comes to passenger aircraft manufacturing. That fact coupled with a highly regulated market means that the planes we fly in today have not advanced as far as they might have from the jets of the 1950s. There is a bit more competition in the engine sector. However that part of the purchase is often politically motivated. 
 
+Søren Siim Nielsen Huh? Those with disabilities earn their special accommodations because they put up with a DISability every day. Tall people have an advantage in sports, jobs, mates, and getting things out of cupboards. Excuse me if I don't feel terrible that what is an advantage to them 99% of the time is a minor inconvenience occasionally.
 
+Craig Froehle and there's also "evidence" short people earn more, live longer, and are less likely to get cancer.  In either case it's no excuse to discriminate against someone, just because you perceive they have an advantage you don't have.

What probably skews the "studies" showing tall people earn more are low-wage workers from Latin America who are, in general, shorter than the average US citizens of European heritage.
 
+John Mayson Anecdotes =/= science. Find me a peer-reviewed article that says, statistically, on average, short people earn more, have a better choice of mates, or are preferred at sports and I'll believe you. Until then, enjoy your advantage.
 
Who fell for this article and concept?  Go to the article and move down to the 3 pods inline graphic.  You tell me what airline has ever given you so much space as shown between the forward passenger's deriere and the knees of the passenger sitting directly behind.  NO AIRLINE is ever going to give you that much space.  There's more space in this concept than you can get on any 1st class domestic airline seat today.  What crock!  Jeff, take down this post! ;-)
 
Don't look at the pictures, read the text.  Proposed seat pitch (that is the distance from one seat to the same place on an other) is 41".   Typical US Domestic airline seatpitch is 31" to 35".  So these proposed seats would take up 16% to 26% more space.   Yeah, sure the airlines are going to do that.
 
Repeating my previous. Don't trust the pictures.  The human figures shown are only 4'8" tall.  The pictures show how the seats fit on ten year olds.
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