Hate having your already-scarce legroom encroached on by rude and inconsiderate passengers who want to recline their seats like a bunch of jerks? Well, there’s finally an alternative to politely kicking the back of their seat and audibly clearing your throat and sighing.

Introducing The Knee Defender, a new gadget intended to solve that problem once and for all. Consisting of two small pieces of plastic that you clip to your tray table arms, the Knee Defender effectively blocks the seat in front of you from reclining, almost assuring that the person in front of you will want to punch you full in the face for being such a dick.

Invented by the inconsiderate, six-foot-three-inch tall, Ira Goldman, the device is no doubt pissing people off in airplanes all over the world.

Though you can purchase the Knee Defender from GadgetDuck, for a mere $21.95 and the FAA says it isn’t against federal aviation rules (as long as it isn’t used during taxiing, takeoffs or landings), many airlines still retain the right to forbid its use.

I can see both sides of the issue — being 6′ 3″ myself, I hate it when people recline into me AND yet I love reclining — yet the Knee Defender doesn’t address the real problem at all.

The real issue is the airline’s declining legroom itself. And that’s the fault of the airlines, not your fellow passengers. So instead of spending money to piss off your fellow passengers, why not donate that US$20 to FlyersRights.org instead? 

UPDATE: As entirely predicted in the above blog post: “Cops called after fliers fight over seat recline.” 
“The fight started on a United Airlines flight because one passenger was using the Knee Defender, a $21.95 gadget that attaches to a passenger’s tray table and prevents the person in front of them from reclining…” Read more »