Reclining your seat on an airplane only gives legs a few extra inches of room. But those extra inches have turned into a hot button issue and recently caused a Delta Airlines flight to be diverted.
The gadget at the center of the drama is called the "Knee Defender" described as:
Knee Defender helps you stop reclining airplane seatbacks so your knees won't have to.
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".
This little tool Is what caused the flight traveling from Newark to Denver to be diverted to the Chicago.
The brawl started when a male passenger used the Knee Defender to stop the woman in front of him from reclining. Both passengers were in the Economy Plus section that has four more inches of legroom than coach.
A flight attendant asked him to remove the device. He refused. The woman then stood up, turned around and threw a cup of liquid at him. He reportedly told her: "I hope you brought your checkbook because you just threw your Sprite all over my $2,000 laptop".
The businessman, who is over 6 feet, has spoken out. He insists that he will still use the device and that reclining seats is "rude".
What about rules regarding reclining? The Federal Aviation Administration leaves it up to the airlines. All major U.S. airlines ban the gadget - smaller Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air take out the reclining mechanisms, leaving seats upright permanently.
Both passengers were taken off the plane and the flight continued to Denver, arriving over an hour late. In this case, no arrest was made.
Check out the Knee Defender and decide for yourself. Who is the bigger jerk - the anti-recline advocate user or the Sprite thrower?