After takeoff, passengers aboard domestic Delta Air Lines flights this weekend aboard domestic flights will notice something different. You can sit back and relax – but only so far.
Delta announced on Friday that on Saturday the seat tilt in economy class will be reduced from four inches to two inches in economy class. However, this is not due to the airline pushing more seats into the cabin – and you might actually find that it's a good thing. Delta says that this is a test to preserve the personal space of the passengers.
Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta's director of product and customer experience on board, told The Points Guy that the reduced back was an attempt to protect the passengers behind. Anyone who has put their laptop on a tablet during the flight knows only too well how suddenly the backrest pulls back.
The reduced backrest does not only affect the passengers of the economy. In the first class, two inches of backrest will be taken away, and the seats will go from 5.5 inches to 3.5 inches.
"It's hard to believe that any airline that takes away passengers today could be a good thing," said Executive Executive Editor Scott Mayerowitz in a statement. "But taking Delta's word could mean a more comfortable flight for some. Anyone who has ever tried to work on an airplane just to slam his laptop screen in front of the seat will be pleased to see the change. "
The change will only take place on the A320 aircraft that operate domestic flights around the airport land, which takes only an hour or two. During this time, most passengers are upright and working instead of leaning back to sleep. The reduced backrest may not affect the flight routines of many people. Only time will tell.
This story was originally published by Travel + Leisure.