A recent surge in flights getting diverted because of passengers fighting for recline space can be chalked up to flight attendants feeling they've run out of options when dealing with unruly passengers.
A Delta flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday after a woman resting her head on a tray table was upset when the passenger in front of her reclined his seat, hitting her head.
It was the third such diversion in eight days after passengers got into disagreements over seat reclining. On Aug. 24, a United Airlines passenger stopped the woman in front of him from reclining by using a plastic device called the "Knee Defender."The $21.95 gadget attaches to the tray table arms and prevents the seat in front from leaning back. A flight attendant told him to remove the device, which, though allowed by the FAA, is banned by U.S. airlines. He refused. The passenger ahead of him then allegedly dumped a cup of water on him.