The reasons for fastening seat belts and closing tray tables are obvious. But what danger poses having a reclined seat?
There is an article regarding this subject in AirSpace Magazine. The basic reason is safety in case of a crash or other impact:
- Seat in the upright position is locked and doesn't present an issue if there is an impact
- During the FAA research back in 1988 it was found that bracing in the upright position is safer then in reclined.
- Reclined seats make it more difficult to evacuate passengers from rows immediately following you.
So during the most dangerous times in flight (take-off and landing) it is required from you be a little safety minded.