If you were a passenger on the United Airlines flight 1462 from Newark, N.J., to Denver, Colorado this past Sunday, you are still probably in shock after the brawl that took place in the plane and the fact that you somehow landed on Chicago’s O’Hare international airport. If you don’t know what we are talking about, fasten your seat belts, as the Knee Defender gadget is the culprit in this story and the main character in many flight stories to come.
First, let’s start from the beginning: according to the news brought to us by the Associated Press,
A plane in the US had to be diverted and two passengers removed after one of them started a fight by using a banned device to stop the seat in front reclining.
The conflict escalated quickly, there was some water thrown around and some heavy yelling, but the main point to all of this is that the said man, sick and tired to lose the little legroom he had, used a gadget which downright stopped the passenger in front of him to recline the seat. We all know these planes are packed and legroom seems only a beautiful dream, but using a gadget which prevents the others to recline their seats? Is that even legal?
The key-sized plastic claws latch onto the arms of your tray table, thus preventing the passenger in front of you from reclining his or her seat. The claws can be placed anywhere along the tray’s arms depending upon how much space is desired.
Is it legal? You will be surprised to learn that is was in fact approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, but it is each airline company’s decision to allow or ban the use of such mischievous gadgets. According to the creators of the Knee Defender gadget, its main purpose is to fight for the passengers’ right to have enough legroom to survive a long, cramped plane trip.
The device is prone to unleash further scandals, without a doubt, but the creators are not violent people. They also offer a printable Courtesy Card which can be offered as a peace sign by the Knee Defender owner, prior to using the claws. The language of the peace offer is not the sweetest, but it does appeal to mutual understanding, cooperation and alliance against the airlines.
If you are interested in this device (and become subjects for our news), you should know it costs $21.95 per pair and it can be bought from the developers’ website.