I’ve flown hundreds of times and know the hidden rules for reclining seats on flights – but you won’t be happy

A FREQUENT traveler explained the rules for reclining seats on planes, including when it’s okay to recline and when it’s not.

Fox News correspondent Matt Finn jets across America for his job and is no stranger to fighting for legroom with fellow passengers.

Reclining seats have been voted the most annoying thing other passengers can do on flights

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Reclining seats have been voted the most annoying thing other passengers can do on flightsPhoto credit: Getty

After the network conducted a poll that found reclining seats annoys people most about other passengers, Matt was asked when he thinks that’s acceptable.

He claimed that he doesn’t have too much of a problem with other people doing it, but said he only does it when he’s trying to nap.

Otherwise, he tries to keep his seat as upright as possible.

He said: “I think we’re all paying customers and we all have an opportunity to sit back.

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“My personal guideline is that I only recline when I’m really sleeping.

“When I’m reading or awake, I try not to sit back because I don’t really need to. This is my personal guideline.

“But I think everyone can always sit back and relax if you’re a paying customer.”

Matt’s opinion is supported by aircraft expert Ben Schlappig, who has flown more than 4,700,000 miles since he was young.

In a blog post on One Mile at a Time, he claimed that reclining a seat is a right for all passengers, regardless of who they are sitting in front of.

He said: “It’s very simple for me. Reclining the seat when functionality is available is a right. After all, the recline button is on your seat, not the seat behind you.”

Ben says there are ways to address the situation and that you shouldn’t slide your seat backwards without warning.

Instead, he recommends small gestures, like making eye contact with the person behind you or just finding a way to let them know your seat is about to recline.

If the passenger in front of you is really bruising your knees, Ben recommends simply asking them to move their seat up, but urges avoiding a confrontation at all costs.

For Matt, there are far bigger faux pas than reclining passengers can make mid-flight, with his personal pet hating people bringing smelly food on board.

He continued, “My biggest nuisance is strong-smelling food.

“You just can’t get away from that smell, especially when someone is right next to you.

“No matter what it is, whether it’s McDonald’s or a full meal, it’s just irritating when you’re on a plane.”

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This man annoyed people during a flight by reclining an entire row of seats to himself.

A chiropractor showed the best way to recline a seat to rest during a flight.

Matt tries to recline his seat only when he's actually asleep - when not, he keeps it upright

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Matt tries to recline his seat only when he’s actually asleep – when not, he keeps it uprightPhoto credit: Getty

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