By Cailey Rizzo
Updated February 20, 2020
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Ellen DeGenerous is the latest high profile name to weigh in on airplane passenger etiquette.

Following the now viral video of a passenger who claimed she was repeatedly punched in the back of her seat when she reclined, DeGenerous gave her opinion on the matter during a segment on her show.

The talk show host took a poll of her studio audience, asking who supported the man and who supported the woman in the reclining debate that has taken Twitter by storm.

“I can’t believe anyone is taking the man’s side because, to me, the only time it’s ever okay to punch someone’s seat is if the seat punches you first,” DeGeneres joked.

DeGeneres said that she believed the woman had a right to recline her chair because airline seats were made to do so, but she also appealed to both sides of the situation.

“There are a lot of angry people out there right now but we need to learn more compassion, we need to think about what somebody else might be feeling, what she may be going through in her life,” DeGeneres said as her main takeaway. “And the same thing, maybe he’s going through something, but he didn’t have to punch her seat.”

The passenger who recorded video and posted it to Twitter earlier this month, showed another flyer repeatedly tapping the back of her seat. The video went viral, with hundreds of people commenting on who was in the right.

Although Williams was on an American Airlines flight, the CEO of Delta, Ed Bastian, also weighed in on the issue last week.

"The proper thing to do if you recline into somebody is that you ask if it's OK first and then you do it," he said in a CNBC interview. "I think customers have the right to recline."

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