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Want Protection from Reclining Airplane Seats?
Knee Defender™ helps you stop reclining airplane seatbacks so your knees won't have to.
Unique, patented Knee Defender™ is a truly practical travel accessory. And with its new design, this clever product looks cool, too.
It helps you defend the space you need when confronted by a faceless, determined seat recliner who doesn't care how long your legs are or about anything else that might be "back there".
A Few of the Travel-Press Raves
"Must-have travel gadget." – USA Today
"If the guy won't compromise, whip out your Knee Defender." – Washington Post
"As devious as it is ingenious." – Condé Nast Traveler
"These little beauties work! ... Definitely made my time at 36,000 feet more comfortable and more productive." – Travelocity, Amy Ziff
For those of us who have to squeeze ourselves into the limited airplane legroom space of a coach seat offered by many airlines, a seat in front of us that is poised to recline is a collision waiting to happen – with our knees serving as bumpers.
Knee Defender™ to the rescue.
With Knee Defender™, the "Tall Guy" – tall men and tall women, both – can now use a simple, convenient, pocket-sized device to help defend against most flying seatbacks. And because Knee Defenders™ are adjustable, you can generally set them to provide only as much protection as you need.
DVT is also a concern when you fly, and Knee Defender™ can help you keep the airplane legroom space you need to do in-seat exercises while flying. Foot lifts and knee lifts are recommended to promote healthy blood flow to help protect against deep vein thrombosis. Sometimes called "economy class syndrome", DVT involves a potentially dangerous blood clot that can develop in the leg.
Having enough leg room to move around while still seated is important because in-seat exercising is often the only in-flight exercise option available to promote healthy circulation. This is especially true now that security agencies are imposing new limits on passenger access to the aisles, even during extended international flights.
If the airlines will not protect people from being battered, crunched, and immobilized – very real problems according to healthcare professionals, medical studies, government agencies, and even some airlines – then people need options to protect themselves.
Until there is something better – or even just something else – there is Knee Defender™.
What the FAA Says
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was asked about the use of Knee Defenders.
As reported in the October 28, 2003 edition of The Washington Post:
"FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto said the clips were not against federal aviation rules as long as they weren't used during taxiing, takeoffs or landings."
Knee Defenders™ are specifically designed to be used with your tray table lowered, while your tray table must be up and locked "during taxiing, takeoffs or landings."
So, as long as Knee Defenders™ are being used as they are designed to be used in flight, their use does not violate any US aviation law, rule, or regulation.
Get Knee Defender™ today.
European Aviation Safety Agency Considers Minimum Legroom Standards
Concerned that tighly-packed coach seats can slow emergency evacuation
According to press reports in Europe, on June 18 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said that it may force Europe's airlines to offer more legroom to economy-class passengers. (EASA was created to serve as a Europe-wide counterpart to the United States' FAA.)
EASA is concerned that the shrinking distance between rows in coach class – so-called "seat pitch" – presents a safety issue. Specifically, EASA believes that packed-in rows could hamper passenger evacuation of a plane in an emergency. EASA rules for commercial aircraft require that all occupants be able to leave a plane using slides within 90 seconds.
Noting that passengers are both taller and wider than when industry seating standards were established years ago, EASA is also concerned that shrinking legroom makes leg movement while flying difficult, at best. This forced immobility increases the risk of life-threatening deep-vein thrombosis – DVT – a blood clot that can develop in a deep vein of the lower leg.
The new rules, which would follow consultations with other nations' safety agencies and with plane manufacturers, most notably Boeing and Airbus, would affect any airlines flying to and within Europe.
"Our aim is to settle it in 2008 or even to incorporate it by then in plane-construction guidelines," an EASA spokeswoman said. According to the press reports, EASA has authority to impose any new legroom minimums on new aircraft, but it would have to seek expanded authority to set seat-pitch minimums for existing aircraft.
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Since 2003, the little travel gadget that could, Knee Defender™, has been helping airline passengers around the world protect themselves and their things.
In fact, we have shipped
Knee Defenders™ to savvy travelers on all 7 continents – yes, including Antarctica.
Our original website name was KneeDefender.com. Then, we developed Scanner Bag™ to help speed people through security checkpoints at airports and at office buildings. At that point, we needed a broader image to sell our products.
And so, we created the Gadget Duck™ character and matched that with a new store address, GadgetDuck.com, from which to purvey our gadgets.
So, thanks for coming by the new store. You may just find a thing or two to make your life a bit easier.