British Airways ditch reclining seats

Published: 11 January 2018

Sit up straight and relax on the new British Airways flights.

No longer will you be able to lean back and kind-of relax on flights.

Sit up straight and relax on the new British Airways flights.
Image © 2017 Steve Parsons/PA Wire 

There’s no greater feeling than reclining in your chair mid-flight and hearing the distinct sound of somebody’s meal being disturbed. No longer will passengers on British Airways flights be allowed such a privilege.

In a move that will help them cut down ticket prices the airline is fitting 35 planes out with non-reclining seats for short haul flights.

There is no word from the airline as to whether there will be an effort to decrease the number of knees in your back each flight, but they did release a statement saying they were “installing at-seat power throughout the aircraft and will soon offer on-board Wi-Fi”. Which will be handy to watch YouTube videos of people being able to recline in their chairs.

The airline said they are ditching the extra comfort to “allow us to offer more low fares to customers.” Who knows how long it will be until planes will be standing room only like a giant tram in the sky.