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Mile High Fights

We all know that flying can be stressful.  Do we need gadgets to make it even more stressful.  I am talking about the awful “Knee Defender”.  What possible use can this thing have if not to aggravate your fellow passengers.  If you don’t know what the Knee Defender is then here is a picture of the villain.
knee defender







Now honestly.  I know some people can be a pain in the derriere when it comes to reclining their seats.  It seems as if they recline not just to sleep but instantly the plane takes off.  Usually a good flight attendant will ask those recliners to put their seat upright during meal service.  Which makes sense.

So what happens when you get someone using the Knee Defender and absolutely refusing to move it – as reported on Huffington Post today –

United said that a male passenger seated in Economy Plus – an area of the plane which boasts four inches of extra leg room – decided to use the gadget so he could work on his computer.

All was probably well, until the woman tried to decline her seat and couldn’t. Presumably after words with his fellow Economy Plus traveller, he was asked to remove it by airline staff – and declined. The woman in front then threw water at him, at which point the plane was diverted to Chicago and the passengers – both 48 – were removed.

They then were able to enjoy all the legroom they wanted while they arranged alternative travel plans.

The FAA said that neither passenger was arrested, and are unlikely to be fined. And given the maximum fine for unruly passengers is $25,000 in the US, that’s got to count as a win…

What are your thoughts about this controversial device?  

Itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny…plane seats

Yes that’s right – many airlines are reconfiguring their aircraft – throwing out those old bulky seats and refitting with new slimline lightweight seats instead.
There’s only one problem – not all of us are lightweight and slimline….
tight seats

The new seats are slightly more narrow – just slightly – and just an inch less leg room.  Plus the aisle is going to be a teeny weeny bit narrower too.  I am sure the flight attendants are going to love that.  Will they have new skinny carts.  They should stock them with skinny meals and skinny drinks.   All these changes and the airlines assure us we will never notice.  Of course not!

At least Ryan Air Chairman Michael O’Leary doesn’t try to pretend.  He just wants to cram them in.  He suggested standing seats where you just basically lean against a support – yes I can see that would save a lot of room.  Unfortunately the authorities didn’t agree and the idea didn’t fly (‘scuse the pun – couldn’t resist).  Then there was the unique saddle seat design – sort of half standing your way during the flight.  Just sit down in the saddle and imagine you are riding the range.
standing seats

Doesn’t look much fun either – and where do you put your gin and tonic?  That’s what I want to know.