Passenger Uses ‘Knee Defender,’ Ruins Flight For Everybody

Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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A flight from Newark to Denver ended up in Chicago, because two passengers were fighting over a reclining seat.

A passenger on the United Airlines flight used a device called the Knee Defender to prevent the woman in front of him from reclining her seat, so she dumped water on him, and then the flight was diverted from Denver to Chicago, The Associated Press reports.

When the man, 48, refused a request from the flight attendant to stop using the $22 device, he refused. That’s when the woman, also 48, stood up, turned around and dumped a cup of water on his head.

It got so bad that the flight landed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, where police and Transportation Security Administration officials met the offending passengers. The flight then went on without them, and landed in Denver an hour-and-a-half behind schedule.

Neither passenger was arrested, but the Federal Aviation Association could technically fine either of them up to $25,000, an airport spokesman told the AP.

They were both sitting in the extra-spacious “economy plus” section.

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