Delta CEO foolishly weighs in on explosive ‘right to recline’ debate that has swept the internet

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Ed Bastian, the CEO of Delta Air Lines, may have accidentally canceled himself …

Earlier this week the Internet exploded into debate after the following video depicting an American Airlines passenger gently punching the fully reclined seat of the woman in front of him went viral:

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To recline or not to recline, that was the question the video inspired. After the clip went viral, social media users began debating the matter, with far-left radicals bemoaning the “entitled” man’s “privilege,” of course, and more sane people debating whether it was rude for the man to punch the seat or rude for the woman to recline her seat.

Even Bastian weighed in on the matter, telling the hosts of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the proper etiquette for recliners is to first ask for permission.

“I think customers have the right to recline … but I think the proper thing to do is if you’re going to recline into somebody, that you ask if it’s okay first and then you do it,” he said.

He added that he personally never reclines his seat because it’s not “something as CEO I should be doing.”

Conversely, “I never say anything if someone reclines into me,” he added.

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Uh oh …

While some might view his remarks as fair and sensible, a large, surprisingly bipartisan army of detractors lost their ever-loving minds over him tacitly siding with the seat puncher. Included among the dissidents was Buzz Patterson, a Republican congressional candidate out of California, and Eugene Gu, the notorious left-winger who sued President Donald Trump for blocking him on Twitter.

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Is it really THAT serious? YES, it’s that serious!

#ReclineGate, as it’s now being called, has sparked the most serious national debate since, well, the president’s impeachment. Crazy, right?

But for every critic who blasted Bastian for saying that recliners should employ some empathy and etiquette by first checking in with the person speaking behind them, there was an anti-recliner saying basically the same thing.

And again, just like with the pro-recline statements, the anti-recline remarks were distributed among a shockingly bipartisan spectrum of critics.

Included among the dissidents was well-known conservative commentator Matt Walsh and left-wing ABC News commentator Matthew Dowd.

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Wow. Who would ever thought that a viral video from an American Airlines flight would bring Republicans and Democrats together like this!?

That being said, it seems that the following gentleman, Tony Posnanski, may be onto something (*Language warning):

Frankly, that sounds about right …

Vivek Saxena

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