How to Stop the Airline Seat In Front of You from Reclining

Last Updated Sep 12, 2010 11:14 AM EDT

I hate flying. Which is all the more frustrating since I'm traveling from Seattle to Virginia this week to speak at a conference. One of the worst things about air travel? Getting packed into tiny, uncomfortable seats and then having my personal space further eroded when the chair in front of me reclines into my lap. Half the time, I can't even open my laptop.

Now there's a solution, of sorts. Imagine a small gadget you can buy -- and apparently use legally -- which prevents the seat in front of you from reclining.

Knee Defender is a pair of small rubber clips that prevents the seat in front of you from reclining by sliding onto the tray table frame and jamming the seat movement -- like throwing a wrench into a machine to stop the gears from turning.

Several extra inches of personal space and productivity cost $15 per pair. But now that you know about it, the question remains: Is it ethical to prevent the dude in front of you from taking advantage of the seat he paid for? A moral quandary indeed. Would you use Knee Defender? Weigh in in the comments. [via Lifehacker]

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