You've Got to Fight For Your Right to Recline on Airplanes
Is it acceptable to recline your seat on a plane? (Thinkstock)
The debate over whether it’s acceptable for air passengers to recline their seats has been dividing frequent flyers for years. So perhaps it was inevitable that it would get physical.
You’ve probably heard of a scuffle that broke out this weekend on board a United Airlines flight between two passengers who were debating that very point. The Associated Press reports a female passenger tried to recline her seat, only to be blocked by the guy behind her who had what’s called a “Knee Defender” — a $22 device, banned on United and most other major U.S. carriers, you clip on the seat in front of you to prevent it from reclining.
A United flight got diverted after two passengers got into a scuffle over a reclined seat (Photo: AP)
The ensuing argument got heated: flight attendant’s orders were ignored (allegedly by the male passenger), drinks were thrown (allegedly by the female passenger). Eventually, the plane was diverted to Chicago and the two combatants were ushered off, though no arrests were made.
The story has been a call to arms for the anti-recline crowd, who’ve taken to Twitter to rally against the evil recliners:
"Sociopaths?" "Satanists?" It’s time to stop the madness and defend the recliners.