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In the tight quarters of airline seating, taking an inch is like taking a mile.

That’s why when one passenger started reclining her seat just a few inches onto the lap of another, a mile-high war broke out. The ridiculous altercation began when a man who was working on his laptop purchased something called a Knee Defender before boarding the plane – it’s a device that attaches to your tray table and prevents the person in front of you from reclining.

You can basically think of it as a personal “screw you” to your fellow traveller, which is probably why the device is banned on both of Canada’s major airlines.

Nonetheless, when the woman eventually attempted to recline her seat, she noticed the Knee Defender. A flight attendant got involved and told the man to remove it, which he refused. That’s when the woman stood up, turned around and threw a cup of water at him.


Yeah, he’s mad now.

In light of the tantrum, United decided to land the plane in Chicago. The two babies passengers were removed, and were not allowed to continue to their destination. Surprisingly, neither of them were arrested.

The rest of the passengers, meanwhile, landed in Denver about an hour and a half late.

But hey, at least we know it could’ve been worse: