August 27, 2014 - As airlines across the globe
scramble to determine the appropriateness in the
use of the Knee Defender by passengers, Qantas
and Virgin Australia airlines have made it
clear, in released statements both carriers have
indicated that the use of such a device is
banned on their aircraft.
Knee Defender is a device that passengers can
purchase online, it is used to lock and prevent
the passenger in front of you from reclining the
seat back and hitting your knee.
The seller of the product states on their
website that “It helps you defend the space you
need when confronted by a faceless, determined
seat recliner who doesn't care how long your
legs are or about anything else that might be
On Sunday, United Airlines Flight 1462 from
Newark to Denver was forced to make an emergency
landing after two passengers got into a flight
over the Knee Defender. A male passenger who was
doing some work on his laptop had installed the
device on at the base of his tray table.
The women in front of him complained that she
was not able to reline her seat, they began to
argue and it is alleged that she threw water on
the man. The pilot made an emergency landing,
both passengers were arrested.