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Inventor of device to keep airline seat from reclining blames airlines
Inventor of device to keep airline seat from reclining blames airlines

A device that prevents an airline seat from reclining sparked an in-flight squabble that forced a United Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Denver to divert to Chicago. The tiff broke out Aug. 24 between a passenger who couldn’t recline her seat and the flier behind her, who had locked her seat in the upright position, using a device called the Knee Defender. The inventor of the Knee Defender, Ira Goldman, said the quarrel was the first he has heard of since he created the device 11 years ago to protect his knees in cramped seats. He is 6-feet, 3-inches tall. United and most major carriers prohibit using the device on flights. Still, the publicity that followed the United...

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