- Oct 25, 2017
Delta is hoping to prevent future conflicts between passengers by limiting how much their seats can recline on certain aircraft, according to The Points Guy's Scott Mayerowitz's latest story.
Starting Saturday, April 13, Delta will retrofit its fleet of 62 Airbus A320 jets to reduce the recline of the coach seats from 4 inches to 2 inches and the recline of first class seats from 5.5 inches to 3.5 inches.
While it may sound like a chance for the airline to stuff another few seats into an already tight aircraft, airline officials promise that's not what they're doing.
"As part of Delta's continued efforts to make the in-flight experience more enjoyable, Delta is testing a small change to its A320 aircraft -- adjusting the recline throughout to make multitasking easier," Delta spokeswoman Savannah Huddleston told CNN Travel.
Delta typically flies the A320 on short- to medium-haul routes averaging one to two hours, which are frequented by business travelers, Huddleston said."That's what makes the A320 an ideal candidate for this test," she said.
Aviation blogger Johnny "Jet" DiScala has already noticed other airlines making the move.
"I just flew last week on Iberia Express between Madrid and Seville and noticed their seats didn't have a recline button, and I thought it would be great if US carriers started doing the same," he said. It will take Delta about two months to get the entire A320 fleet retrofitted. And if the change works for Delta, Mayerowitz predicted that other US airlines will follow.