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Delta boss Ed Bastian has weighed in on correct airline company decorum after a questionable viral video showed a male guest punching a woman’s seat on an American Eagle flight after she reclined it.

Bastian, appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” was asked if it was proper for a passenger to ask the person in front of them not to recline.

” I think consumers can recline,” Bastian stated. “I think the correct thing to do is if you’re going to recline into someone that you ask if it’s all right very first and then you do it.”

Nevertheless, Bastian– who runs the biggest airline company in the world— said he “never ever reclines” his seat because of his position.

” I never ever recline, because I do not think it’s something as CEO I need to be doing,” Bastian stated. “I never ever state anything if somebody reclines into me.”

Bastian’s commentary– and the controversy that triggered it– comes in the middle of a pattern of airlines significantly limiting “seat pitch” in their cabins.

In October, it was revealed that FAA scientists were hiring volunteers for a study into whether tighter area on airplanes reduced passenger safety

Nevertheless, prior to news of the study, the FAA ruled that shrinking seats did not impact customer security— which triggered a federal judge to react, “That makes no sense.”

In 2017, researchers at NYU and Cardozo School of Law released a research study that examined whether fighting over reclining seats might be prevented by charging guests to recline