Two flights were diverted recently due to disputes over reclined seats. I'm not a super-frequent flyer, but I have to take four or five trips a year for work that involve multiple flights and I absolutely detest the time I have to spend either on a plane or in an airport.
I've never once reclined my seat when someone was behind me and I never will. I believe it to be rude as hell and that it exacerbates an already stressful situation, but apparently I'm in the minority of Americans in that view (according to a national poll).
I'm 6'2" and oftentimes when the person in front of me reclines, the back of the seat falls within about an inch of my knees. I always express my displeasure immediately and if the person responds with an I-don't-give-a-rat's-ass attitude I'll make certain that I "inadvertently" drive my knee with a considerable amount of force into the back of the seat at least a couple of times during the flight while changing positions or getting up to use the restroom. "Accidents" do happen, after all.
I read an article that mentioned that a couple of low-budget carriers (Spirit and Allegiant Air) have removed the reclining feature entirely. I'd book with one of them every time if I could, but it doesn't appear if they'll be an option for me very often.
Which side do you folks fall on?