Legroom wars: the device that stops plane seats reclining

Devious new weapon in the legroom war prevents the air passenger in front from reclining their seat

The Knee Defender safeguards precious legroom by preventing the seat in front of you from reclining any further. Consisting of two plastic clips which are placed at the top of either arm of the tray table, the miniature device keeps the seat in front of you locked in place.

The pocket-size gadget can also be adjustable according to how much you want to allow the seat in front of you to recline. The closer each clip is placed to the back of the seat, the less the seat will be able to move. The tiny device is about the same size as a house key and is made with "specially shaped grooves" to fit the different seats and tray table found on a variety of planes.

It is the work of Ira Goldman, a 6ft 4in Washington DC resident, who wanted to help other tall travellers fed up with being "bashed in the knees over and over again" while on a flight. It should be noted that the clips are meant to be used with your tray table down; airline typically request that the table must be raised and locked away during taxiing, takeoffs or landings.

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