Knee Defender gadget gets man booted off flight

kdKnee Defender is a gadget that one can attach to the plane seat in front of you, preventing its occupant from reclining it. A man used it thus on United Flight 1462, from New Jersey to Denver, and refused to disengage it when instructed to by a flight attendant. The flight was rerouted to Chicago, and he was ejected, as was the passenger whose seat he locked, who subsequently threw a drink in his face.

A flight attendant asked him to remove the device and he refused. The woman then stood up, turned around and threw a cup of water at him, the official says. That's when United decided to land in Chicago. The two passengers were not allowed to continue to Denver.

Both passengers were sitting in United's Economy Plus section, the part of the plane that has four more inches of legroom than the rest of coach.

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