"Knee Defender" briefly became one of the fastest-growing searches on Google this week, after the small, plastic product — which prevents airline seats from reclining — caused a fight midair. A United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver was forced to divert to Chicago after a passenger refused to remove a Knee Defender from the seat in front of his, and the woman in that seat threw a cup of water at the obstinate, long-legged traveler.
We here at DealNews completely sympathize with what a knee- and soul-crushing experience commercial air travel can be, but it seems unwise to anger those around you by interfering with someone's seat operation while in such close quarters. (Throwing water also seems unwise, for that matter.). So in the spirit of avoiding such conflicts, we'd recommend one of many other travel deals that can improve your comfort without bothering your fellow travelers.
Deals to Help You Travel in Comfort
A simple pair of earplugs, like these Hearos Xtreme Protection Foam Plugs ($14.12 for 42 pairs with free shipping with Prime, lowest by $1), can go a long way in blanketing you in serenity. If that's not enough — or if you just want to listen to some tunes while drowning out the salesman in 4B who's had one too many Bloody Marys — check out these Editors' Choice Monster Inspiration Noise-Cancelling Headphones ($99 with free shipping, low by $51).
If you really want a cocoon in flight, you'll have to get this Ostrich-Style Pillow ($12.79 with free shipping, low by $12). It's the closest you can get to having a private cabin in coach, and you won't have to see all the weird looks you're getting.
Finally, if you're traveling with children, keeping them comfortable — and asleep, hopefully — will benefit everyone's sanity. Try this Eddie Bauer Gray Owl Travel Buddy Neckroll ($9.99 with in-store pickup, lowest by $4).
No matter what happens, we'd all do well to heed the advice of Ira Goldman (inventor of the Knee Defender) which he says is printed right on the packaging: "Be courteous. Do not hog space. Listen to the flight crew."
What do you think, reader? How do you stay comfortable on a flight?
Benjamin Glaser is a features editor for Dealnews.com, where this article first appeared: http://dealnews.com/features/Dont-Get-Knee-Defensive-4-Better-Travel-Products-for-Comfort/1134880.html