Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it someone flipping someone the bird in a plane? Yes, it’s Knee Defender!
Yes, Knee Defender. Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Well, not really. It may not be more powerful than a locomotive, but it sure stirs up powerful feelings.
So just what exactly is Knee Defender? It’s the latest gadget resulting from airlines packing more and more sardines, uh, I mean people, into cramped spaces in a metal tube hurtling at hundreds of miles an hour through the air called an airplane. Like a sardine can in the sky.
It seems passengers are fed up with the ever-shrinking legroom in coach and some wily inventor has decided to take advantage of this frustration and make a few bucks out of it.
Knee Defender is a nifty little device that you can attach to your tray table to prevent the person in front of you from reclining their seat during a flight. The result is that you will probably not spill your coffee all over yourself and you will probably be able to put off that knee replacement surgery for a few more years. All thanks to Knee Defender.
Just recently there have been two cases in the news where passengers have gotten into heated arguments about it, so much so that the pilot was forced to divert the plane and make an unscheduled landing. That means the two involved are in some deep doo-doo and probably had a counseling session with the FAA and maybe even the FBI. At least they got to get off the plane and stretch their legs a little.
Now there has been some debate as to whether a passenger has the right to recline their seat. In other words, who owns that (if you excuse the expression) “air space”? Is it the person behind or the person in front? The maker of Knee Defender clearly thinks the person behind, while most airlines and passengers (inclined to recline) think otherwise.
So who is right? I tend to side with the recliners, but I’m sure everybody has an opinion. As soon as they settle that they can get on to who owns the armrest and the space under the seat in front of you. Then and only then can we as civilized human beings move on to more important issues as deciding who has a right to space in the overhead bins above your seat and whether coach passengers may use the lavatory in the first-class cabin.
I guess we’ve learned one thing. Use of this anti-reclining gadget is causing some very, uh, “knee jerk” reactions among passengers. To avoid these kinds of arguments in the future, I think the person sitting behind should inform the person in front before departure that they must have the extra room. That way they can always say, “I toe’d you I knee’d it.”
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