DC man creates "knee defender" over legroom

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A gadget created by a D.C. man ended up in the middle of a dispute in the skies, all over legroom.

It's called the "Knee Defender." WUSA9 reporter Jim Osman show us what all the fuss is about and the reason man came up with the contraption.

It looks like a rather innocuous device that attached to your seat back tray. A D.C. resident, Ira Goldman, who has battled leg room problems in the air created the knee defender, which prevents the person in front of you from reclining.

Earlier this week, a Denver bound flight was forced to land in Chicago because two passengers feuded when one of them tried to use the device.

Passengers at Reagan National say cramped quarters and people's tempers make for a bad scene already before you use the knee defender.

Some passengers believe there's an old-fashioned way to block seat reclining in front of you. Use your legs and knees. Goldman said the airlines could install alternative seating which reclines from the bottom.

While the airlines may not be a big fan of the knee defender, the FAA has not banned it, which means you can get it online for $22.

Certain airlines may have their own policies against using the knee defender.

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