August 26th, 2014
09:12 PM ET

United flight diverted over legroom scuffle

(CNN) - Do airline passengers have the right to recline?

That simmering debate among fliers escalated Sunday aboard a United Airlines flight that was diverted after two passengers argued over the use of a device that blocks reclining.

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.

A federal law enforcement source, speaking on background, said the incident involved a male and a female passenger, both 48 years old.


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  1. Belinda

    Airlines need to take notice that passengers have had it with their lack of comfortable seating. The average flyer can't afford the outlandish first class fees to get a little leg room. Airlines give us a break!

    September 6, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
  2. glen

    Most of your videos don't play.
    What seems to be the problem?
    Im using an iphone

    August 27, 2014 at 1:10 am | Reply

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