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Delta Air Lines reducing seat recline on some flights to protect ‘personal space’

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/15/2019 Kate Feldman
a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway © Mary Altaffer / AP Keep your seat in its upright position — maybe all the time.

Delta Air Lines is experimenting with preventing flyers from leaning their seats into the neighbor by decreasing the possible seat recline, the Daily News confirmed Sunday.

“As part of Delta’s continued efforts to make the in-flight experience more enjoyable, Delta is testing a small change to its A320 aircraft – adjusting the recline throughout to make multitasking easier," a Delta spokeswoman said in a statement to The News.

"It’s all about protecting customers’ personal space and minimizing disruptions to multitasking in-flight.”

Coach seats on Delta’s A320 jets will now recline just two inches, rather than four, and first-class seats will recline 3.5 inches, rather than 5.5.

The A320s, which make up about 7% of Delta’s total fleet, are typically used for short- to medium-length routes that average just one to two hours and are often used by business travelers, the company spokeswoman told The News.

There are no plans to convert the extra space into more seats or shrink the room between rows.

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