I'm sure we can all relate to this story in one way or another. http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/26/travel/united-flight-knee-defender/index.html?c=homepage-t&page=1 Do airline passengers have the right to recline? A Knee Defender, a gadget that "helps you stop reclining seats on airplanes so your knees won't have to," was at the root of the disturbance. United Flight 1462 from Newark to Denver was forced to divert to Chicago's O'Hare airport, according to United Airlines. The airline said that it does not allow the use of the recline-blocking device on its aircraft. The female passenger was unable to recline her seat and flagged a flight attendant. The flight attendant told the man seated behind her to remove the Knee Defender device, but he declined. The female passenger then threw water in his face. The pilot decided to divert the flight to Chicago, where authorities met the aircraft. The two passengers were removed from the plane before it continued on to Denver, United said. The passengers were not arrested. The argument occurred in the Economy Plus section, which provides United passengers up to 5 inches of extra legroom compared with standard coach seats. Regardless of who you feel is at fault (the woman was out of line for tossing water on the guy however IMO he had it coming for being a dickbag), it's clear EVERYONE on that plane was a loser. What's your take on this? IMO regardless of if you have long legs or not, you don't have the right to modify a seat which was designed and approved by the FAA. Factor in the fact that it's against airline rules, and you get the idea that maybe the dude was at fault here. BTW I'm 6' even and I had no issues sitting on an American Airlines flight from Chicago to San Diego with the person reclined in front of me... and that was regular coach, not even economy plus where these two people were sitting. Besides, let's say this guy was 7' tall. Even if a super fat person was to try and and pull this in a lateral manner, he would be required to buy an extra seat. I don't see how this is different.