Delta Airlines announced Friday it will cut down the amount of seat recline from four inches to two in economy class on its A320 aircraft, beginning Saturday.
However, this isn’t because the airline is squeezing more seats into the cabin — and you might actually find it’s a good thing. Delta says that this is a test to preserve passengers’ personal space.
Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta’s director of onboard product and customer experience, told The Points Guy that the reduced recline was an effort to protect the passengers seated behind.
The reduced recline won’t just affect economy passengers. Those in first class will also see two inches of recline taken away, with seats going from 5.5 inches of recline to 3.5.
The change will only take place on the A320 aircraft, which operate domestic flights around the country lasting only an hour or two.