Got Legroom?

Knee Defender

kneedefender.jpgTired of economy-class seats where the passenger in front of you reclines back into your lap? These are little plastic blocks that you slide onto the arms of your tray table that prevent the seat in front of you from reclining.

Apparently, the airlines and FAA think passengers have the right to use them. Only $18.90 per set (including shipping.)


  1. I’ve had people 5 or 6 inches shorter than me just go ballistic on how some ‘jerk’ on a plane had the nerve to recline and thus ‘crush’ (their words, not mine) their knees against the seat. ‘What kind of person is THAT thoughtless as to recline a seat on a plane, KNOWING that their crushing the knees of the person behind them???’ I’m aproximately 5’11’ tall, and NEVER ONCE has a reclining seat in front of me even touched my knees (or any other part of my body). Or even come close enough for me to notice even a hint of a problem. And I’m a natural-born sloucher. I truly can not comprehend what the deal is to these people. Reclining seats simply DO NOT impact the knees of people that are not of extraordinary stature. In fact, I’ve never even seen someone who needed their knees ‘defended’. I suppose it’s possible that all the carriers I’ve ever flown on (Alaska, Frontier, Delta, United, America West, Southwest to name a few) have extra leg room. But those fleets do account for a very large part of at least domestic travel.

  2. I’m with you, KTLA. Should this really be a problem? I have to imagine this is more about communication skills. Some people seem to struggle with actually talking about things. Of course there are also plenty of people who feel like they are entitled to something and no one should be allowed to question it. Take drivers putzing in the fast lanes, for example.