To recline, or not to recline? It's one of the most divisive issues in air travel, and one that invariably leads to peeved passengers and a lot of passive-aggressive sighing, not to mention "accidental" seat-kicking.
But rarely does it lead to an emergency landing. Until last Sunday, that is.
Two passengers got into a heated seat-reclining war on a United Airlines flight from Newark, NJ to Denver, CO, and the pilot was forced to divert the plane to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as a result of the altercation.
What exactly happened? Well, turns out that despite being asked not to do so by the flight attendant, one 48-year-old guy sitting in Economy Plus (where there's already an additional four inches of leg room) decided to use a Knee Defender, a gadget that clips onto the seat tray and prohibits the person sitting in front from reclining his or her seat. Mind you, the device is reportedly banned on most US airlines.