East Texas talkback: Airplane etiquette
POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:56pm
Tyler, Texas(KETK) — A United Airlines flight traveling from Newark, New Jersey to Denver, Colorado made an emergency landing at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after two passengers got into a fight.
A woman sitting in row 11 of the Economy Coach section of the plane wanted to recline her seat, but it wouldn’t move. The man behind her had used “The Knee Defender”. It’s a 20 dollar plastic device that clips on to the tray table and prevents the seat in front from reclining. The section of the plane where the passengers were sitting offers 4 more inches of leg room than in standard coach. He didn’t want the seat to move while he was on his laptop. The two got into a verbal altercation. Flight attendants asked the man to remove the device, but when he refused, the woman in the front seat threw her cup of water on him.
Pilots were forced to make an emergency landing in Chicago at the O’Hare International Airport where both passengers were escorted off the plane and not allowed to continue their flight to Denver.
The Federal Aviation Administration allows each individual airline to set the rules regarding devices like, the knee bender, but it is banned on all major U.S. airlines.
East Texans told KETK what they thought about the altercation and whether airlines should consider revising their "reclining seats" policy.