I'd never heard of the Knee Defender until I came across a mention of it today. It's a product you can use during air travel to stop the passenger in the seat ahead of you reclining his chair. The vendor's Web site says of it:
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".
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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.
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™.
There's more at the link.
I can see the usefulness of something like this; indeed, Gizmag called it a "must-have travel accessory". However, I really need to recline my airplane seat for the sake of pain relief! With a fused spine and damage to the nerves in my left leg, I simply can't sit still in an upright position for very long. I change my position fairly frequently for that reason, whether at home, or in my car, or on a plane - including getting up and walking around at regular intervals. (I do so even while posting blog articles.) If someone tried to use something like this to stop me reclining my seat, I'd get very angry. I might even be tempted to make them eat their Knee Defender! After all, if I'm paying for my seat, that includes the reclining facility that comes with it, not so?
I honestly don't know what to think about this. I can see how some people can be - let's admit it: are - inconvenienced by a seat back ahead of them that's reclined too far for their comfort; but I also have my own very real need to recline my seat. I'd be interested to hear whether any of my readers have either used this product, or had someone prevent them from reclining their airline seat by using it. How did you experience the situation? What do you think of this conundrum?