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5 Tips to Avoid Air Rage

There have been several recent reported incidents of air rage, according to AOL.com, including one last weekend when a fight allegedly broke out between two passengers on a flight from Washington, D.C, to Ghana.  This follows another incident last November where a passenger was fined $5,000 for reportedly pulling the ears of the man sitting in front of him after he reclined his seat.

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The pilot command to “sit back, relax and enjoy your flight” isn’t so easy to follow these days. With an increasing number of airlines now selling more leg room in superior economy class or charging extra for more spacious exit row seats, space has become more contentious. Passengers seem prepared to fight for every inch of leg room.

Christopher Elliott, air travel consumer advocate, says the top three causes of air rage — based on information gathered by his site — relate to overhead bins, seat reclining and the unspoken battle over arm rests. “Airline attendants have told me that when people recline seats, there is a domino effect,” he says. “Personal space is so precious that everyone wants to reclaim every inch of it.”

Here are Pay Dirt’s top 5 tips to prevent air rage:

Be polite and respectful

Remember: we are all grumpy on our way home after a long trip. I recently had a seat recline incident on a 50-minute flight. I reclined my seat 15 minutes into the flight. I did it in increments. He kicked the back of my seat and made some unrepeatable comments. It made me not want to put my seat into an upright position, but I did. Rather than get into a seat war, I knew we were both tired after our flight.

Always look before you lean

Elliott suggests that you check out the person behind you and ask their permission. Usually, they will agree to you reclining your seat; just remember to do so after you have finished your meals. “People might have a laptop computer or a child or they might be very tall,” he says. “If you are the ‘leanee,’ tap the person on the shoulder, clear your throat and say, ‘I can’t use my computer if you recline, could you bring it up a little bit.’”

Ask an attendant to referee

“Some flight attendants will say it’s a passenger’s right to lean back,” says Elliott. “If that’s the case, the next option is to ask the captain. That’s the chain of command.” This also goes for fights over overhead bin space. “Ask the flight attendant for help,” he adds. “The next step is not to turn into a bin hogger yourself and put your belongings over another passenger’s seat.”

Don’t blind-book a seat

Call the airline or research sites like CheapFlights.com and SeatGuru.com to find out where to get the most leg room. If you are tall, it may be worth spending extra money to upgrade or to sit next in an exit row. Most seats at the back of the cabin don’t recline. Beware: sitting next to a toilet can be grim, especially on a long-haul flight when people don’t close the door behind them.

Protect your personal space

You need to be aware of how you behave on a flight, too. If you are a sleeper, bring a pair of earphones as your own personal cloak of invisibility — a signal to others that you want to be left alone — and book a window seat so you are not disturbed if the passenger next to you wants to use the toilet or stretch his/her legs. The last thing you want is to be woken up several times during one flight.

Pay Dirt readers, have you been the victim of air rage?

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    • To all the people who don’t think that they have the right to recline their seats, here’s an e-mail I just received from KLM:

      When booking online with KLM, you now have the option to upgrade your seat to KLM’s Economy Comfort guaranteeing you more legroom and up to double the reclining angle.

      It seems that even the airlines promote their seat’s reclining as something that is not only your right, but something you can pay extra for if you want to DOUBLE your reclining angle. Let’s see how the people sitting behind you like that! Remember that you read it here: you are GUARANTEED to be able to recline your seat.

    • Saying that because airline seats recline, everyone has a right to recline into the eating/reading space of the person behind them reminds me of this (paraphrased) adage: Everyone has a right to swing their arms… until they come too close to or hit the person near them.

    • I am glad others noted how out-of-touch the author, Quentin Fottrell, is about air travel. Has he ever asked the flight captain for anything, let alone mediate a dispute with a fellow passenger? I think WSJ writers just make things up to fill their columns with fluff.

    • How about “Do not drink alcohol.” ???

    • I was once on an international flight during which the woman in front of me used my space underneath her seat for her carry-on. We straightened it out quickly, but what chutzpah.

      And I won’t even get into the size of carry-on luggage that airlines allow. The airlines have failed to police carry-on luggage.

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Avi Gilburt: There is a lot of bull left in this stock market
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Gold screams summer stock correction not over
Gold screams stock correction not over

Unlucky lottery winner gets IOU from Illinois

Chinese factory activity hits 3-year low

China sets new yuan rules

Obama calls for U.S. leadership on climate

Mount McKinley in Alaska is renamed Denali
Which U.S. president has the tallest mountain?

What to expect at September Apple event
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Apple talks to Hollywood for exclusive content
Apple, Cisco team to put business users on iOS
Apple will let iPhone and iPad users block ads
Lost Apple deal leads to 40% job cut at GT

Taleb’s ‘Black Swan’ fund made $1 bln in a week

Personal beliefs don’t belong in retirement accounts

Take your company pension, or buy an annuity?
Take your company pension, or buy an annuity?

Jobs report could stop rate hike — but not ensure one
After Jackson Hole, no clear path for the Fed
Where every Fed member stands on rates
Fischer: Fed watching China more closely

Cheeseburgers and happiness always on the menu for Warren Buffett — and Jimmy Buffett, too
Farrell: Recipes for happiness, from Buffett and others
Happy 85th birthday to the $67 billion man

Ode to that legendary New York steakhouse the Palm

U.S. ready to punish China firms over cyber theft

When you absolutely, positively need a cocktail

Teacher with 111 tardies puts blame on breakfast
The automat is back — with a lot more quinoa

If Donald Trump can do it, why not Kanye West?
Dissatisfied voters are fueling Sanders, Trump

Disney to unveil ‘Star Wars’ toys in unboxing event
Walt Disney leads Dow's losers for August


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/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,528 -115 0.69%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,777 -52 1.07%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,972 -17 0.84%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,334 -20 0.86%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,142 +9 0.82%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 48.28 -0.92 1.87%
FTSE 100
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DAX
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CAC 40
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FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,616 -326 1.48%
IBEX 35
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Stoxx 600
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Shanghai
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Singapore
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Pound
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Australia$
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DXY Index
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GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 618.25 -12.13 -1.92%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.34 -0.02 -0.12%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 53.48 0.20 0.38%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.87 0.13 0.95%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.20 -0.09 -0.27%
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Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 11.53%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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