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Would you pay to recline your seat when flying?

One study says it would prevent arguments on the plane.

Flying can be a complete pain in the butt (literally), whether you're travelling long-haul or domestic. But there is nothing more satisfying than reclining your seat and settling down for a movie. Well, until the person in front of you does the same thing.

But would you go as far as paying the person in the row in front of you not to recline their chair? Or pay to recline your own seat?

A study in the US says that you should give and receive payments for the privilege.

Of course, anyone who travels to and from New Zealand knows that reclining your seat on an international flight is a blessing not to be messed with.

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This hotly-contested issue was the subject of a study by New York-based law professors Christopher Buccafusco and Christopher Jon Sprigman, who proposed that a monetary fee would reduce arguments between passengers over reclining theirs seats.

The pair discovered that people would demand on average $18USD (about NZD$25) from the person in front for reclining their seat, and claimed this bargaining could even be done through the purchasing of on-flight snacks.

When they asked if passengers would be willing to accept a snack or drink in exchange for not reclining, the study found that 78 per cent of the people in front were willing to accept it, with 36 per cent of the people behind willing to make the offer.

Some commentators believe the idea of charging people for what seems like their right to recline their seat is playing into the trend of airlines adding fees to previously free services, including checking in your bag or in-flight food.

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