“Knee Defender” gadget prevents passengers from reclining seats.

New gadget enables users to block passengers from reclining airline seats during flight.

From “Gadget Duck” website………

Knee Defender™ helps you stop reclining airplane seatbacks so your knees won’t have to.

Unique, patented Knee Defender™ is a truly practical travel accessory. And with its new design, this clever product looks cool, too.

It helps you defend the space you need when confronted by a faceless, determined seat recliner who doesn’t care how long your legs are or about anything else that might be “back there”.

For those of us who have to squeeze ourselves into the limited airplane legroom space of a coach seat offered by many airlines, a seat in front of us that is poised to recline is a collision waiting to happen – with our knees serving as bumpers.

Knee Defender™ to the rescue.

With Knee Defender™, the “Tall Guy” – tall men and tall women, both – can now use a simple, convenient, pocket-sized device to help defend against most flying seatbacks. And because Knee Defenders™ are adjustable, you can generally set them to provide only as much protection as you need.

DVT is also a concern when you fly, and Knee Defender™ can help you keep the airplane legroom space you need to do in-seat exercises while flying. Foot lifts and knee lifts are recommended to promote healthy blood flow to help protect against deep vein thrombosis. Sometimes called “economy class syndrome”, DVT involves a potentially dangerous blood clot that can develop in the leg. (More information: www.SideEffectsOfXarelto.org)

Having enough leg room to move around while still seated is important because in-seat exercising is often the only in-flight exercise option available to promote healthy circulation. This is especially true now that security agencies are imposing new limits on passenger access to the aisles, even during extended international flights.

If the airlines will not protect people from being battered, crunched, and immobilized – very real problems according to healthcare professionals, medical studies, government agencies, and even some airlines – then people need options to protect themselves.

Until there is something better – or even just something else – there is Knee Defender™.

Knee Defenders are available at www.GadgetDuck.com

Please comment below.

1. Does “Knee Defender” infringe on the passenger blocked from reclining?

2. Would you use “Knee Defender to block a fellow passenger from reclining his/her seat?

3. Would you be upset if your seat was blocked from reclining by the passenger seated behind and using a Knee Defender device?

4. As crew, how would you handle the situation should a passenger complain about being blocked from reclining his/her seat by a Knee Defender device?

7 comments for ““Knee Defender” gadget prevents passengers from reclining seats.

  1. D
    September 14, 2010 at 7:43 am

    As a crew member, I would require the offending passenger to remove them to allow the seat to recline. If the passenger did not comply … local law enforcement would be called to meet the aircraft at our destination.

  2. FourFeetFlying
    September 14, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I would not allow a passenger to use it on my plane. Any device or gadget that alters/interferes with aircraft seating is not acceptable. This device/gadget is NOT “FAA approved” and may therefore not be used. It is the same as with passengers who try to use their own seatbelt extenders: if it is not supplied by and maintained by my airline, it may not be used for liability reasons.

  3. Mr. P
    September 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I’ve got my own knee defender; my knees. I’m a big guy with strong legs. The person in front of me only comes back as far as I let them. Leaning forward and breathing on them with tuna fish breath works best.

  4. Steve
    September 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Knee Defender isn’t new. It has been around for years. I first heard of it pre 9/11. I stopped hearing about it because airlines, as I remember, did not take kindly to it. FA’s were known for swiftly enforcing rules against these devices.

  5. JTW
    September 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    As a last resort, I’d use it. Some fellow passengers are utterly inconsiderate and will shove their seat into your face, leaving you no room whatsoever.
    But if possible such situations should be resolved amicably, and most passengers will understand the situation of the person sitting behind them if it’s explained to them.

    That said, I’m all in favour of airlines disabling the reclining function on all their seats.
    Either that or increase legroom to the point where with the seat in front of you fully reclined you still have a reasonable amount of space (something not currently the case, if the person in front of you fully reclines their seat you have only an inch or two on many airlines).

  6. tl
    October 24, 2010 at 3:33 am

    This is truly an awful gadget that I recently encountered on a flight from JFK to LAX. This is why I hate it, I am disabled and need to recline my seat back at times to relieve pressure caused from being in a too upright sitting position for too long. I have multiple herniated disks along with nerve damage. I do get up and move around but I absolutely must adjust my seated position at regular intervals. Even my workspace is set up to accomodate a reclined sitting position so I do not go numb.

    People please consider the person in front of you may need to recline that seat! I also have long legs and dislike the seat in front of me but I tolerate it. There is no way to know the needs of the person sitting in front of you.

    Not that it matters but this happened to me in first class.

  7. October 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

    “People please consider the person in front of you may need to recline that seat! I also have long legs and dislike the seat in front of me but I tolerate it. There is no way to know the needs of the person sitting in front of you.”

    Not unless you politely communicate your needs to the person seated behind. You’ll probably find most are understanding and accommodating.

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