Josh Barro, a reporter for The New York Times, cites economic theory in his argument that the passenger who does not want the person in front of them to recline should pay them to forego the right.
"When you buy an airline ticket, one of the things you're buying is the right to use your seat's reclining function," he
"If this passenger so badly wanted the passenger in front of him not to recline, he
should have paid her
to give up that right."
Gawker commentator Hamilton Nolan responds to Barro, arguing that the person sitting behind the recliner should be paid for the intrusion to their limited personal space.
Recline could be bundled with extra legroom seats, thus allowing every passenger, regardless of whether they agree with Barro
or Nolan, to make an economic decision on where they want to sit.