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Delta reducing recline space to give travelers room to work

Frank Carnevale
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In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, a Delta Air Lines jet waits on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Kick back and enjoy your flight… well maybe don’t kick back too much.

In the ongoing battle between reclining your seat versus leaving room for your fellow passengers, Delta Air Lines is giving some room back to travelers that like to work on their flights, rather than sleep.

According to reports Delta is experimenting with limiting how much seats can recline on its business flights.

Delta said the move is an effort to make flights more enjoyable — and maybe productive — by providing more space for using laptops or tablets, watching TV, and also eating and drinking.

The change will consist of seats in economy class now reclining two inches, down from four. And in first class, seats will go from more than five inches of recline to three and a half, according to reports.

“It’s all about protecting customers’ personal space and minimizing disruptions to multitasking in-flight,” a Delta spokeswoman said to The New York Daily News.

The company stressed the move is not to reduce the recline to make room to add rows.

“We’re not adding a single seat into the aircraft,” Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta’s director of onboard product and customer experience, told The Points Guy website.

Dimbiloglu said the change in seat recline is to prevent passengers from abruptly disturbing those behind them.

The airline will be testing the recline on its fleet of 62 Airbus A320 jets, which fly mostly one-to-two-hour routes in North America. The changes begun to roll last weekend and all planes should be fitted in about two months.

Delta operates a total of 217 flights a week out of Pittsburgh International Airport.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, fcarnevale@tribweb.com or via Twitter @frnkstar.

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