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The chatter on social media around today's plane seat recline rule is heating up, with members of the media weighing in.
On Friday, CNN's David Goldman , a pilot who spends half of his time in the sky, criticized the practice.
When the plane is full, we "should keep seats occupied, which would help to minimize the number of intoxicated passengers who follow your instructions in the cockpit, or even worse, assault you," he wrote in a tweet.
In an August tweet, CNN's Brooke Baldwin put it more succinctly.
"Pilot social media aside, reclining seats are a real hindrance to safety on the ground," she wrote.
CNN's Brooke Baldwin speaks at a news conference introducing the new Boeing 737 Max 8 passenger plane and Boeing 737 Max 9 passenger plane. It was the world's first commercial flight with the two planes this week. American Airlines introduced two new versions of the 737 series and JetBlue made its debut. CNN
CNN aviation analyst Peter Goelz reacted to the discussion in the media by saying, "most planes are not designed to allow you to recline."
CNN aviation analyst Peter Goelz speaks about personal safety at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
"If you are part of the intimate compartment inside the aircraft, what you can't recline, you can't recline unless you are part of the compartment. And not everyone can move into a wider compartment, even if you took the seats out of the lower cabin area of the aircraft," he said.
Meanwhile, flight attendant Laurent Dubois of France's Les Verreurs de Temps TV spoke in a Facebook post that he was unsure whether he would follow the rules if faced with the situation.
"I just want you to know that when flying, I may lie down and watch cartoons with my 10-month-old baby," he wrote.
He then added, "Reclining seats may be an inconvenience to some, but on the other hand, the passenger who refuses to recline not only puts other passengers in danger, but she is also changing the plane culture with her antiquated behavior."
It's still not clear whether the plane's passengers will choose to bend the rules.
In September, when Southwest Airlines rolled out reclining seats, Peter Fitzpatrick, chairman of the National Air Transportation Association's Committee on Aeronautical Performance, told The Washington Post that he believes airlines will choose to enforce the rule -- unless there is an industry wide outcry.
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"If I were the CEO of an airline, I would be instructing my staff to enforce the rules," he said.