It used to be that a standard coach seat got about 32 inches of space. But airlines have crammed in more seats. Airlines are filling higher percentages of their seats on planes, meaning more battles for overhead bin space and elbow room. There are few empty seats to spread out into.
Even before the latest airline seat squeeze, reclining the seat meant crashing into the space of the person behind you. Now it's darn near impossible to work on a laptop in a standard coach seat if the person in front of you reclines. Even before conditions got tighter, laptops sometimes got broken when the person in front reclined with force, cracking screens.
Some airlines recognized that and restricted how far the seat reclines. Southwest Airlines at one point reduced how far its seats would travel back. Delta has installed seats where the bottom cushion pivots forward when you recline, reducing the distance the seat back travels and protecting knees a bit. In Delta's Economy Comfort rows, however, the seats are set for increased recline.
Airlines make the rules on this, not individual passengers. If airlines sell you a seat that reclines, it's your right to recline. That doesn't mean you must. If you do, the remedy for the person behind you is to recline to reclaim lost space. But that doesn't help if one person wants to work and the person in front wants to sleep.
It takes a certain chutzpah to use devices to block the person in front from reclining. Most airlines don't allow them. Using them is like parking your car across two parking spaces—you claim something for your benefit at someone else's inconvenience.
What should afflicted coach passengers do? Ask.
When you want to recline, turn around and tell the person behind that you're going to recline. Then do it slowly. It's a simple courtesy, and can prevent someone from getting bonked on the head.
Read more at http://online.wsj.com/articles/airline-seat-battles-be-kind-dont-recline-1409780915
Early autumn is the perfect time to visit Paris. The tourist crowds have mostly left, the shops have re-opened after the long August holiday and the weather has cooled just enough. Visiting the Louvre or the Musee Dorsay are classic and wonderful ways to spend your day, but here are a few new ideas that will take you to new arrondissements and give you new Parisian memories.
Les Puces de Clignancourt offers miles of flea market finds if you have the time. If you'd like to be more focused in your search here are a few possibilities:
Find retro handbags and trunks by Hermes, Vuitton and Goyard at Le Monde du Voyage. Marché Serpette Stand 15, Allée 3 108-110 Rue des Rosiers
Vintage dresses by Saint Laurent, Dior and others are in a lovely collection at Patricia Attwood. Marche Serpette, Allee2, Stand 7, 110 Rue de Rosiers
The carefully curated rare antique jewelry at S. Corvez & Tierry B includes fine gems and unusual costume pieces. Stand 80-81 Allee 1 85 Rue des Rosiers
Pastries and Sweets
Sebastien Gaudard in the Ninth serves up delectable and classic lemon tart.
Gateaux Thoumieux - standouts include a flaky kouign-amann - a crispy butter cake native to Brittany. In the heart of the 7th arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower.
Chocolat Chapon - where master chocolatier Patrice Chapon makes chocolate bars and truffles from beans he selects. Four locations - http://chocolat-chapon.com/site.html
Classic favorites well cooked are hard to find, but these restaurants still take the time to do it right. None are inexpensive, all are worth the trip.
For Boeuf Bourguignonne, the rich beef stew of your dreams, try Josephine Chez Dumonet in Montparnasse at 117 Rue du Cherche-Midi.
Upscale Le Coq Rico in Montmartre, offers the last word on spit-roasted chickens, with special breeds from Landes, Challans, Bresse and other departments of France. 98 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
Musee Carnavalet is dedicated to the history of Paris, with models of the city at various points in history re-creations of rooms from various periods. In the 3rd Arrondissement.
Nissim De Camondo was the home of Moise Camondo and features the family collection of Sevres porcelain and Savonnerie carpets.
After a four-year renovation, the neo-Renaissance Palais Galliera reopened last year, to display its archive of roughly 100,000 pieces of French clothing and accessories dating to the 18th Century.
For more insider tips, see http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/paris
From your Certified Travel Expert, Leslee Richards