The solution to plane rage could be to make passengers pay the person behind them if they want to recline
Would you pay to recline your plane seat?
Two professors have claimed that the solution to air rage is to make travellers pay $18 (£14) to the person behind if they choose to recline.
A series of experiments by New York-based law professors Christopher Buccafusco and Christopher Jon Sprigman tested passengers with a range of situations to see if they would calm tempers in the air.
One of the experiments required participants to imagine they were on a flight from New York to LA.
They were then asked to imagine how much they would accept not to recline their seat, and how much they would pay to stop the person in front of them from reclining.
The total cash required to stop them reclining was £14 and the amount they would pay the person in front not to recline averaged $41 (£31).
The study also revealed that many passengers would be open to bargaining with drinks and snacks.
For example, 36 per cent of people in the seat behind were prepared to offer a gift from the drinks trolley to prevent the person in front reclining, with 78 per cent of those in front willing to accept.
The two professors wrote of their findings on their Evonomics website: “Nobody likes the recent turn toward airlines charging for every service, but maybe what we need is more of that.
“Most airlines still hand out free drinks, and sometimes little bags of pretzels. Maybe instead they
should charge for them and allow passengers to purchase them for one another.
“Everyone wins. Seat recline space is efficiently allocated. Airlines are marginally further from bankruptcy. And no one gets punched in the face.”
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