Fight Over 'Knee Defender' Causes Airline To Divert Route

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A United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver was recently rerouted when two passengers got into an altercation over reclining the seat.

One of the passengers used a device called a "Knee Defender" to prevent the person seated in front of him from reclining. When the woman whose seat had been compromised realized what was going on, an argument ensued and the woman eventually threw water on the man sitting behind her.

The airline pilot decided to reroute the plane and make a landing at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

The Knee Defender debuted in 2003 and was invented by Ira Goldman, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, citing his "right" for legroom. Goldman joins Here & Now's Robin Young to talk about airplane etiquette and defend the Knee Defender


This segment aired on August 26, 2014.


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