In bizarre news, a man and woman’s argument over the right to recline an airplane seat. reports:

(CNN) — Do airline passengers have the right to recline?

That simmering debate among fliers escalated Sunday aboard a United Airlines flight that was diverted after two passengers argued over the use of a device that blocks reclining.

A Knee Defender, a gadget that “helps you stop reclining seats on airplanes so your knees won’t have to,” was at the root of the disturbance.

United Flight 1462 from Newark to Denver was forced to divert to Chicago’s O’Hare airport, according to United Airlines. The airline said that it does not allow the use of the recline-blocking device on its aircraft.

A federal law enforcement source, speaking on background, said the incident involved a male and a female passenger, both 48 years old.

The female passenger was unable to recline her seat and flagged a flight attendant.

The flight attendant told the man seated behind her to remove the Knee Defender device, but he declined. The female passenger then threw water in his face. The pilot decided to divert the flight to Chicago, where authorities met the aircraft.

The two passengers were removed from the plane before it continued on to Denver, United said. The passengers were not arrested.

The argument occurred in the Economy Plus section, which provides United passengers up to 5 inches of extra legroom compared with standard coach seats.

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7 thoughts on “Fight Over Legroom Causes Plane To Make Emergency Landing

  1. redbone1954 on said:

    The guy was out of line why would he think he could control what the lady in front of him by using a device to stop her seat from reclining? He did not pay for her seat the entire seat belongs to her she paid for it!

  2. Timekeeper, thanks for that good laugh about Fat Women sitting next to puny men-squishing them and thinking they are liking it!

    Who the hell wants to be squished like that –UGH!!!

    • Timekeeper on said:

      True that! Next time I’ll take seriously’s advice and just asked to be moved. Maybe i’ll get lucky and get bumped up to first class as well. Although I dont think the Airlines can help it about the devices. I think it just attaches to the leg on the chair. anyone who buys one of those things and then tries to use it obviously has some issues.

  3. seriously on said:

    However if a fat person is sitting next to me male or female, I will ask to be moved…I am not flying why someone half ass and arms are in my seat and space. A lot of times, I was bumped up to first class, just ask politely and discretely they understand. No need to put anyone on blast, I am just uncomfortable.

  4. seriously on said:

    I wonder why she wasn’t arrested for throwing the water in his face? And why did he have to be ban from the flight…She started it and although he could have let her have the legroom, but if there is a device that can stop reclining position…It is the airline fault. However certain airlines, I just do not fly on these days to avoid the loons and loser…Go first class if possible.

  5. Timekeeper on said:

    If airline seats have the ability to recline, then the person istitng in thaht seat should have the option to do so without obstruction. I always put my seat back, ’cause I like to go to sleep until I hear the airline attendant say ” get ready for landing” All that playing with gadgets and stuff during the flight, Ya’ll can have that! If this woan had been a little more patient I instead of throwing water) then that man would have had to stop uisng the restraint, because the airline ddnt allow it. She was too impatient.
    By the way, there are also a lot of Bg Fat Women who could also use a first class ticket. Not only do they squish out small men, they also have the nrve to think he might like it.
    THEY DONT!!!

  6. Fighting on airplanes will probably get worse as the airlines add more aisles for seats to pack the folks in like sardines.

    However, folks need to respect others space-no matter how small that area may be.

    Big fat men need to stop squishing out small women who may happen to be sitting next to them-maybe they should even consider buying a First Class ticket where more room is available.

    In addition, they need to make the small bottles of booze free after all the inconvenience and $$ consumers are paying to fly.

    At least let us get a nice buzz during the entire ordeal!!!!

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