My wife recently had a flight on one of the budget airlines and I started thinking about how they’ve tried to make everything on the flight cost extra. You can get a flight cheap, but you pay extra for assigned seats, particular seats, priority boarding order, extra room, snacks, drinks, check baggage, carry on baggage, entertainment, and so on. I did think of one thing that they haven’t figured out how to charge for, though.
The airline my wife was on apparently no longer has seats that recline. I’m not sure why they did this, but I’m sure it was to cram more seats in the plane. Regardless, the seats no longer recline.
But…why don’t they make reclining seats extra? Perhaps seating in the reclining section could be extra. Or, you could have to put in quarters to get your seat to recline. Quarters run out? BAM! Up the seat goes, unless you put more in before the time runs out. It’d be like the old Magic Fingers vibrating beds in cheap motels (though this could be made more modern with a credit card swipe or Paypal to avoid quarter issues).
Why haven’t they done this? I wouldn’t care, because I almost never recline my seat on a flight anyway, but some people would. I’ve heard a number of people enraged about non-reclining seats. I bet they might pay for the option to recline.