Recliners’ Rights September 3, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
I don’t know where y’all stand on the reclining seat controversy, but today the guy who started the whole thing tried to clarify what happened. It didn’t improve my impression of him at all:
When the flight attendants came through the cabin to serve beverages, the woman said her seat was broken. That’s when Beach told one of them about the Knee Defender. The flight attendant asked him to remove the device, and Beach said he did.
“As soon as I started to move it, she just full force, blasted the seat back, right on the laptop, almost shattered the screen. My laptop came flying onto my lap,” he said.
That’s when Beach’s anger boiled over. He said he pushed the woman’s seat forward and put the Knee Defender back in. The woman stood up and threw a cup of soda — not water, as previously reported water — at him.
“I said a lot of things I shouldn’t have said to the flight attendant: some bad words, what’s your name and ‘I can’t believe you’re treating me like this,'” he recalled.
He pushed her seat back up and swore at the flight attendant? No question that this guy’s a dick. So the remaining question is: Was his original use of the Knee Defender a dick move? I don’t think there’s any question that it was.
First, airlines prohibit the use of the Knee Defender on their airplanes. And second, he knows he’s infringing on other passengers’ rights when he takes away their ability to recline:
“You have the right, but it seems rude to do it,” said Beach, who is 6 feet 1 inch tall.
He knows it so well that he hides the fact that he does it:
The device comes with a courtesy card to tell passengers that you’ve blocked them, but he doesn’t use it.
“I’d rather just kind of let them think the seat is broken, rather than start a confrontation,” he said.
I think airline seating sucks and is getting worse, but that doesn’t mean that you get to sabotage your fellow passengers to improve your own comfort. This guy is a selfish pampered dick who is so unaware of how dickish he is, that he thought that his “clarification” of the incident would cast him in a better light.
Nope. 100% unalloyed dick.