ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Has “recline rage” spun out of control? It seems so after a flurry of news reports featuring enraged passengers, flight diversions and disorderly conduct over the comfort and legroom infringement of seat recliners vs. seat “reclinees.” An age-old dilemma that, up until now, had only grousing for relief. Enter the latest super-hero to the beleaguered air traveler: Knee Defender.
What is the Knee Defender?
It’s a small plastic clamp about the length of a key that attaches to the airplane seat tray table to effectively disable the seat in front of you from reclining back into your space.
About $22, the company says it helps you defend the space you need when confronted by a faceless, determined seat recliner who doesn’t care how long your legs are or about anything else that might be “back there”.
But what about the rights of the recliner? Some airlines, like Air Canada, Quantas, among others, have banned the device. What do you think? Whose rights should come first?
Knee Defender says, if the airlines will not protect people from being battered, crunched, and immobilized…then people need options to protect themselves.