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1. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

If like most air travellers you can only afford to fly economy then you will know just how precious leg room is.

You will also know how frustrating it can be when the person in front decides to reduce your precious leg room by reclining their seat.

Don't despare - there is your saver

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2. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 11y

That is the STOOPIDIST thing i have ever seen! If someone on an airplane decided to use something like that to stop me from reclining my chair, I would get up take their stupid KneeDefenders and beat them silly with them! What about the people with back problems are they just suppose to deal with it cause some idiot with long legs did not ask for the emergency exit or front seats that have more leg room?

3. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

jaysus wept.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

That is hilarious, although I agree that I would whack someone sitting behind me that decided to put these in place :) Then again, I always check with the person behind me if it's ok so they are safe ... Neat thing if you are working on a laptop though!!!

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I'd like to know how many airplane brawls erupt over this one. I'd also like to see how one could possibly beat someone else silly with a piece of 2-inch foam. Poke their eye out, maybe.

It does raise an interesting question, though. I once sat in front of some poor guy who was about 6 foot 8. I reclined my seat into his legs, and his girlfriend asked unwitting me if I could put my seat back up. Por guy was being fenced in - but at the same time I couldn't recline my seat whatsoever for the entire 7-hour flight. They really should re-think the seating system, although god knows how much tickets will cost then.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Actually - not a bad thing for when the person in front of you gets their terrible in-flight meal before you. Then you wait for 10 minutes while they refill the trolley. By the time you get yours - they person in front is finshed and pushes their seat all the back and your drink/food/whatever goes sliding off the tray table. That, or the chlid who loves pushing the seat button forward and back while the parent ignores them on purpose... (And ignores you when you ask them to make their child stop.) But, I digress....

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I do not like the concept of this (even though the engineering is quite impressively simply). While I agree that one should be aware of the people behind you and not inconviencing them, ultimately you as a passengar have paid for the space alloted to you by the airline (including the space your chair reclines into) and you should be able to use it how you see fit.

I do remember when these first came out a year or so ago, lots of stuff on the TV news about them, and if they were in violation of the contract one has with the airline when purchasing a ticket that says that you cannot modify the airlines seats in any way. I have never seen anyone use one, so don't know what would happen if the use of one was challenged.

I do hate, though, that I can't have my laptop open and the person ahead of me having the the seat reclined. But I blame the squish more people in for more revenue mindset of the airlines for that, not the person in front of me.

Greg

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Dang, I meant it was impressively simple engineering.

Quoting Isadora

not a bad thing for when the person in front of you gets their terrible in-flight meal before you.

I'm confused, what is this meal you speak of?

What sort of la-dee-dah, rich person airlines are you flying that still provide meals? Apparently you must be flying with Donald Trump! I'm green with envy...

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

I do hate, though, that I can't have my laptop open and the person ahead of me having the the seat reclined. But I blame the squish more people in for more revenue mindset of the airlines for that, not the person in front of me.

I hate that too, but as of today know the solution. Business class.... I am flying it today for the first time (never been so happy to have a layover of 4 hours in London, these lounges are pretty alright) and you have plenty of space to pull out your laptop. There's even a charger in the seat arm. Mind you, if I was paying for it myself, I'd stick to Economy though

Oh, and what I really don't understand is that there isn't free wireless internet in this BA lounge. Isn't that just the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard of (off topic, I know...). But I managed to find a computer where someone before me must have gotten so desparate that he worked the network cable out of the security box it's in, so now I'm still able to use the internet ;)

Sam
ps. BA food folk are still on strike for European flights so you don't even get a meal in Business at the moment. There's a voucher and meal pack to make up for it though...

10. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

Oh, and what I really don't understand is that there isn't free wireless internet in this BA lounge. Isn't that just the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard of (off topic, I know...).

That is upsetting. Air Canada's lounges provide free wireless internet access, so I was shocked recently when I was in San Francisco and went into the Delta lounge (as Air Canada does not have their own lounge there, we have access to the Delta lounge) to find that they want $9.95 or some such ridiculous fee for use of the internet.

I occasionally hate Air Canada, but with free drinks and free internet in their lounges, it's hard to be too upset at them...

(Now I'm the one who is going to appear all la-dee-dah).