"This isn't about adding seats or taking anything away", said Savannah Huddleston, a spokeswoman at the airline.
"Being a frequent business flier, my productivity just dies when the person in front of me drops their seat into my lap", aviation security consultant Jeff Price said. They may be able to sit back and relax - but only so far. However, this isn't because the airline is squeezing more seats into the cabin - and you might actually find it's a good thing.
The website reported Friday that the airline will retrofit its fleet of 62 Airbus A320 jets beginning Saturday, and it is expected to take two months to do so. "But this is really about more personal space".
The change - made in response to customer complaints - should make life easier for business travelers trying to work on laptops perched on tray tables, often while viewing mobile phones and seat-back video screens, Delta said.More news: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Exits Facebook Board Of Directors
"Passengers are packed so tightly into planes these days that any invasion of our personal space is amplified, and seat recline is one of those trigger points that easily leads to disputes between passengers", he told CNN Travel.
Delta typically flies the A320 on short- to medium-haul routes averaging one to two hours, which are frequented by business travelers, according to Huddleston.
A Delta Airlines Airbus A320 passenger jet taxis seen at Salt Lake City worldwide airport.
And if the change works for Delta, Mayerowitz predicted that other United States airlines will follow.More news: WhatsApp adding feature to ignore hidden chats
"There's always been a debate among frequent travelers if flyers should have a right to recline or not", Scott Mayerowitz, executive editorial director at The Points Guy, said by email.
Mayerowitz explained that less leg space could come as a welcome development for some passengers.
The airline claims it just wants to make flying more comfortable, but traveling skeptics will be forgiven for thinking this is a precursor to the airline shoving in more seats and further reducing legroom. "Anybody who ever tried to work on a plane only to have their laptop screen slammed by the seat in front of them will rejoice at the change".More news: Lomachenko: I Want a Fight With Mikey Garcia, I Want Titles