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Mike & Winey

Updated Sep 3, 2014 - 11:02 am

May I have your attention, please? Keep your seatback up!

(AP Photo)

Sept. 1 marked the third case of air rage involving a reclined seat in just nine days -- a Delta flight was diverted when a passenger simply had enough after being hit in the head by a reclined seat.

Though the passenger's behavior is by no means justified, it is understandable.

I abide by one simple rule when I fly: if someone is sitting behind me, I never recline my seat. It's not only common sense, but common courtesy.

I've never understood why so many people who fly become so self-absorbed as to think their needs and comfort are the only ones that count. Here's a simple rule -- don't do it. I understand that most airplane seats recline and there are no rules prohibiting this selfish act. However, just because something is permissible, doesn't make it right.

Remember, we all leave early to get to the airport. We are all frustrated with the extra fees, especially when we simply want to bring a suitcase. We are all equally frustrated with the long lines and understaffed security lines. We are all frustrated over $10 beers when we want to drink our frustrations away.

So, for the sake of all humanity, show a little compassion and empathy for the person behind you. Leave your seatback up.

As I get ready to take a flight next week, I hope the person in front of me remembers the timeless Biblical verse, "... do to others what you would have them do to you." You don't like it when the person in front of you reclines their seat, so don't do it yourself.

Mike & Winey can be heard every Saturday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m. on KTAR News. Join us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Mike Weinstein (Winey of Mike & Winey) is the host of It's Business Time w/Mike Weinstein heard on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. on KTAR News 92.3. Mike is the VP of Marketing for West USA Realty and a licensed REALTORŪ in the State of Arizona. Mike graduated from Vanguard University and earned his MBA from The University of Phoenix. He is a local entrepreneur who has owned his own real estate company, internet company and SEO/content writing company. Mike lives in Goodyear with his wife and two boys. It's Business Time provides a unique place for businesses to go to for the necessary resources, advertising options, education and community in which to be successful. It gives Arizona businesses a voice and helps them succeed in an ever-changing marketplace. This show covers anything and everything pertaining to businesses, including an array of industry experts who impart insightful tips and advice. The show will also cater to the average person who may have always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur or is looking for tips on how to get that next job or who would like more insight on how the business community and its marketing efforts affect them. It is a show for everyone.

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