Poll Results: Reclining seats on planes

August 29, 2014, 3:15 PM GMT+0

These are the topline results of a YouGov/Huffington Post survey of 1000 US adults interviewed August 28 - 29, 2014 on ettiquette in the air. The results show that most people think it's OK to recline your seat while flying. The margin of error is 4.0%.

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Do you consider yourself a frequent flyer?
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3%

Do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable airplane etiquette for a person to recline his or her seat during a daytime flight?
Acceptable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55%
Unacceptable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21%

Do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable airplane etiquette for a person to recline his or her seat during an overnight flight?
Acceptable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78%
Unacceptable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13%

A company called ’Knee Defender’ sells a device that you wedge into the airplane seat ahead of yours, keeping the person sitting in front of you from reclining their seat. Do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable airplane etiquette to use a product like this?
Acceptable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16%
Unacceptable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18%

Which do you think would be a bigger inconvenience on a daytime flight?
Having someone in front of you recline their seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34%
Not being able to recline your own seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22%

Which do you think would be a bigger inconvenience on an overnight flight?
Having someone in front of you recline their seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15%
Not being able to recline your own seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15%