New candidate for most egregious leaner-backer

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On The Rapid Traveler’s Kenny Airways return, the 737 segment between Johannesburg (JNB) and Nairobi (NBO), the decrepit seat in front of his seatmate was broken, allowing extra deep recline. This Swiss citizen (identified by the colorful passport pages) took every advantage, providing the passenger behind the option to eat lunch off his head. Despite a request from the flight attendant, he only momentarily lifted the seat up to allow the tray table to be deployed and then took another of his many deep thrusts back.

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This provocation at the minimum deserved the cold jet of air trained on his head counterstrike, and a few ‘accidental’ kicks to the back of the seat were also justified. But the taciturn victim preferred a quiet burn. He even kicked his briefcase under The Rapid Traveler’s legs, asking him to lift it to retrieve some papers.

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Readers no doubt have stories and pics of their own: welcome to share!

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Jimmy @TravelByPoints
10 years ago

For a moment, I thought that you were stuck behind the Swiss guy and had asked your seatmate to take a picture of you. This just made your elite-saving sacrifice even more admirable!

Jon-Bentley Wiggins
Jon-Bentley Wiggins
10 years ago

Swiss! Cheese.

The Weekly Flyer
10 years ago

I bet he said “my lucky day” and then reclined.

The Weekly Flyer
10 years ago

Did you stop when he aske you to kick off his shoes and scratch his left big toe? 😀

Hilarious description!

Sue
Sue
10 years ago

Hate to say it but women are more respectful of space- I would have let him sleep and loud sneeze, sprinkle of water and bathroom breaks w grabbing back of seat and pulling up or any other way to rerun favor- what a douche bag

BothofUs2
BothofUs2
10 years ago

What a disrespectful person. I’m sure he would argue that he paid for the seat and he was fully exercising his rights, but c’mon. One can only hope that someday he’ll be on the receiving end of this from the person in front of him.

Nadia
Nadia
10 years ago

I don’t understand why airlines allow seats to recline in the FIRST place. One of the most heinous crimes in my book.

Susan
Susan
10 years ago

The Swiss guy must have thought he hit the seat jackpot! What a jerk!

Traveller
Traveller
10 years ago

I would do a lot of soggy sneezing at this point.