When you’re flying for several hours on an airplane, it’s important to get comfortable. Planes are not known for their cozy seats, but you can make the experience much more pleasant by reclining your seat as much as possible and getting as much rest as you can. Most airlines will have a button on the arm of your seat that helps you achieve this. If not, there are other ways to make this happen. Read on to learn how to recline an airplane seat and tips for making your flight more comfortable.
How To Recline An Airplane Seat
- If you need to recline your seat, there are several ways to do this. The most common way is with the button on the armrest, but it’s not always available.
- If you’re traveling with a child who doesn’t want to sit in their safety seat, ask the flight attendant if you can use a seat belt extender. These devices allow you to use your normal seat belt while still having your baby in its carrier or car seat.
- If you don’t want to bother asking for one of these devices, there are also some other options available: a pillow or large blanket will do the trick; a full-size inflatable mattress that fits in the overhead bin; or a special travel pillow that inflates when needed and deflates when not needed.
- If none of those work for you and your child is too big for a car seat, an airline staff member may be able to help you. They may also have a safety seat for you to use (if it’s allowed on the flight), or you can bring your own car seat.
- Before takeoff, close the window shade and dim the overhead lights as much as possible.
- Once airborne, ask for your seat to be reclined if it isn’t already. If you’re traveling with a child who doesn’t want to sit in their safety seat, ask the flight attendant if they can help you get that done.
- When your flight is over and it’s time to leave your seat, push the button on the armrest again and pull out of your seat so that it reclines completely flat again.
How To Recline Your Airplane Seat Manually
- Sit in the seat and pull down the armrest.
- Pull the armrest all the way up to recline your seat.
- Pull it back up to a comfortable position, and then pull it back down again if needed.
- Make sure you are in a stable position before reclining your seat, as this can affect your balance and cause you to fall out of your chair at some point during your flight.
- If your seat isn’t equipped with a button, you can try the following methods to recline your seat.
- The armrest should be in the upright position when you are ready to sit back down, so pull it forward until it is completely out of the way. Then sit back down and enjoy your flight.
- Push the armrest all the way down into its lowest position, then pull it back up toward yourself again if needed. This will give you a little more room to move around if needed to get comfortable or use the bathroom during your flight, which can be difficult after a long flight or when sitting in an awkward position for long periods of time.
When Your Airplane Seat Won’t Recline
1. Look For The “Recline” Button.
If there is no recline button, look at the armrest of your seat. You’ll usually find a small lever or knob that you can pull, usually labeled “recline.” This will make it easier to recline your seat and get more rest on long flights.
2. Pull The Lever Or Push The Button On Your Seat Armrest.
When you have the button or lever pulled, you can adjust your seat so that it reclines about 15 degrees (which is about as much as most airline seats can go). If there’s no adjustment for your seat, don’t worry about it — just make sure that you try and get in as much sleep as possible while flying. If you have a window seat, pull down the shade if you want to block out some light from outside while trying to sleep. Just remember to always check with an airline representative before doing this.
3. If You’re Not Able To Use The Recline Button On Your Seat, You May Be Able To Do It With A Footrest.
If you’re not able to use the recline button on your seat or it doesn’t work for some reason, you can still lean back and get more comfort by pulling out the footrest and leaning back into it. This is more comfortable than trying to sit up straight when you’re tired out, but if the plane is bumpy, this may cause an uncomfortable ride.
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- First, make sure the seat is in an upright position.
- Next, you’ll need to find the correct button that allows you to recline your seat. In most cases, this will be a button on the arm of your seat, but sometimes it’s a button on the side of the seat itself.
- If you can’t find this button or it doesn’t exist, then it’s usually not possible to recline your seat at all. You may want to call an airline representative and ask them if they have any other ways you can get comfortable while sitting in your seat.
- If you can find the button that reclines your seat, you’ll need to press it. Some airlines will have a little handle that controls this and others will have a button on the side of the seat itself. Try pressing this button to see if it works. If not, then you’ll either need to ask the flight attendant for help or look around for an alternate way to recline your seat without using this method.
- Once your seat is in a reclined position, make sure you are as comfortable as possible and try to get some rest in preparation for landing (assuming you have been awake for most of the flight). But before long, your seat will likely be back up in an upright position again and ready for takeoff!
If you want to make your flight more comfortable, you should try to recline your seat as much as possible. Most airlines will have a button on the arm of your seat that helps you do this. When your seat won’t recline, you can manually push your seat down. If you want to make the most of your next flight, follow these tips to get comfortable.