(CNN) – When I flew Delta Air Lines from Chicago to Atlanta on Thursday, I spent a few minutes guessing if the big man in front of me would sit back.
I wanted to work, but if he sat back while writing, my laptop might not survive him.
Since airplanes pack travelers into smaller seats with reduced personal space, turning on the laptop can be a risky bet: Will the person sitting in front of you sit back and relax? And if, do you do it so fast that your laptop suffers? As of Saturday, April 13, Delta will upgrade its fleet of 62 Airbus A320 jets to accommodate the 4-inch by 2-inch tilt of the bus seats and 5.5-inch to 3.5-inch first-class seats to reduce.
Although it may sound like an opportunity for the airline to stuff a few more seats into an already tight plane, the airline officials promise not to.
"Delta's ongoing effort to make the experience even more enjoyable during the flight is testing a small change to its A320 aircraft ̵
"Delta does not intend to add seats or reduce the spacing between rows in this test – it's all about protecting the personal space of customers and minimizing disruptions to multitasking during the flight."
It's not a bad change. really
Delta's A320 seats will sit back a little less.
Courtesy of Delta Airlines
Frequent flyers are already grateful. Really, they are.
"As a frequent business aviator, my productivity only dies when the person in front of me places their seat in their lap," said aviation safety adviser Jeff Price.
"With the tight space given to you by the airlines for your legs, I can not even sit on the normal seats with my legs forward, I have to turn them sideways, and it's worse if the seat falls back."  Mayerowitz agrees.
"Passengers today are so tightly packed in planes that every invasion of our personal space is intensified and the seat recline is one of the triggers that easily leads to quarrels between passengers," he told CNN Travel.
"You just try to relax and get more space, while the person behind you suddenly struggles with the feeling that the world is approaching them."
Delta generally flies the A320 short Huddleston said medium-haul routes would take an average of one to two hours and would be frequented by business travelers, . "That makes the A320 an ideal candidate for this test," she said.
"I flew between Madrid and Sevilla last week on the Iberia Express and realized that their seats have no reset button, so I thought it would be great if US airlines did the same," he said.
Delta will take about two months to retrofit the entire A320 fleet.
And if the change works for Delta, Mayerowitz predicted that other US carriers would follow suit.