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11. Posted by jandalonth (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

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!!!

Are you prepared to keep your seat in the upright position if someone you ask says "no"???

I say - it's airline travel, and if the seat in front reclines... so be it.

  • shrug*
  • puts 5 cents in the jar*
12. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

'lah-dee-dah' is a hilarious expression, i havent heard it in years, nice work GregW.

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

Haven't heard it in years? Now you are making me feel old on the cusp of my 35th birthday, young lad. I should give you a whoopin' with my cane...

14. Posted by flynhawn (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I would NEVER use this product, as I respect the right of the person in front of me to recline his/her seat, and in turn I expect the same privilege for myself. If the airlines provide the option to recline your seat, then everyone should be able to do so. If long-legged or other physically-challenged passengers do not like for their fellow passengers in front of them to recline their seat, then tough luck. I hate to sound uncaring, but that's just the way it is. The real problem lies with the airline that you're using and their priority in providing comfort and more leg room (kudos to American Airlines), and also with your selection of class of seat. Of course, courtesy and politeness go a long way in easing tensions between neighboring passengers, but when all is said and done, why should I (if I happen to be short statured) be uncomfortable for my five to eight hour flight just so that you, with your long legs, can be comfortable, all at MY expense? There are people who don't have long legs who need to recline because of problems they may have, such as someone with lower back problems (ahem, ahem.....moi). Having a back problem isn't a highly visible feature as someone who is tall. What gets me mad is if someone takes AWAY my paid-for ability to recline my seat if by chance I decide to do so during that flight. 80 percent of the time that I'm on a flight (and I fly alot for personal and business reasons, always at a minimum of a five hour flight) I do not recline my seat anyway. I ONLY recline if I'm going to sleep, otherwise, my seat is upright and I'm reading, watching an airline movie, or eating a meal (and I don't use the food tray which is meant for FOOD to hold a laptop computer--apparently alot of people who buy the "Knee Defenders" want to use their laptops on their food tray without interruptions). About the only time I get irritated with the passenger in front of me who reclines his seat is when he reclines very hard and suddenly and unexpectedly, scaring me or spilling my drink on my food tray. A more gentle approach is appreciated (either deliberately by the passenger or the airlines need to fix all their seats so that they automatically go back gently). Otherwise, I have no complaint about him or her reclining their seat--more power to them.

15. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

using one of these little gagits could well be illegal on a plane . it hinders you in case of an emergency.it could infact cost you your life it and would stop you or the person next to you from exiting. The makers should think hard about what this gadget could cost them if sued!!
besides put your hand in you pocket and pay for a better seat with more leg room. as for me i always has lots of leg room. i'm vry petite.

16. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

sorry my spelling is terrible.

17. Posted by Europe2006 (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

The knee defender is the biggest load of crap I've ever seen in my life! The seats are made so that they can be reclined! I personally never ask the person behind me if I can recline my chair because firstly I don't want to talk to them and secondly I think it is my right to have it reclined!- after all i pay for the seat! The airlines made the seats recline for us passengers to use! If you have long legs why not organise with the airline before you fly if you can have a front row seat! Otherwise stop complaining!

18. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

Quoting Europe2006

The knee defender is the biggest load of crap I've ever seen in my life! The seats are made so that they can be reclined! I personally never ask the person behind me if I can recline my chair because firstly I don't want to talk to them and secondly I think it is my right to have it reclined!- after all i pay for the seat! The airlines made the seats recline for us passengers to use! If you have long legs why not organise with the airline before you fly if you can have a front row seat! Otherwise stop complaining!

depending on the plane the only seats that have sufficient leg room are the jump seats which have normally been prebooked on certain flights,

sometimes the most appropriate seats for long legged people have already been snapped up by others,

not everyseat reclines on an airplane, why should the person in the back row suffer because the person in front of them is too selfish to be considerate . I am not a very tall person but I have been known to be so stubborn that i sit with my knees against the chair in front of me for a 7.5 hour flight to prevent the inconsiderate selfish person in front of me reclining their chair into my space, in my opinion i have paid for a ticket, i do not wish to recline my seat as i do have a bad back and it is better for my posture to sit straight........

19. Posted by flynhawn (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I sympathize with everyone's individual plights, but in the end, as long as the airlines provide the opportunity for passengers to recline, then "recline they must" (or will). If everyone could think of the air space directly in front of them as an "easement" area, subject to use by another individual and not owned by the person whose seat happens to be behind the (air) space, then it's easier to tolerate. I agree that we must remember the safety factor, and the "Knee Defender" product may be liable for obstructing or intruding on the safety of passengers. Additionally, there is the possibility of the product causing damage to the seat itself. By now most major airlines and/or the FAA have policies regarding the use of such products, as they may compromise the safety of passengers and of the aircraft itself. P.S. If someone places/braces their legs behind my seat in an attempt to prevent me from reclining my seat, it won't matter as I WILL be able to push hard enough to recline (or I'll simply have a Flight Attendant, armed with special Federally appointed powers, do the deed). Also, leaning forward to sleep (real or faked) with your arms crossed on top of MY head rest, won't work either.

20. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

Quoting flynhawn

P.S. If someone places/braces their legs behind my seat in an attempt to prevent me from reclining my seat, it won't matter as I WILL be able to push hard enough to recline (or I'll simply have a Flight Attendant, armed with special Federally appointed powers, do the deed).

people in front of me have tried this in the past and are told by the flight attendent that i also paid for my ticket and had the right to sit up straight and read my book comfortably if i wished to do so. This is one of those pet hates that causes me to be very very very annoying and stubborn. I've been bumped up to first class in the past when the person in front of me became too annoying and persevered in invading my personal space