The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Economy Class Woes

Air travel has gotten so awful and so uncomfortable that now we are forced to resort to abusing our fellow passengers in order to keep our knees and legs from ending up against our chins or blocking the airflow in our windpipes.

Last week, two passengers on a United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver got all up in each other’s faces because one of them used a device called the Knee Defender to prevent the person in the seat in front of him from reclining. It got so bad that the flight had to make an unscheduled stop in Chicago so the passengers in question could be taken off the plane.

Of course one passenger’s intrusion into the space of another is another passenger’s right to whatever semblance of comfort they can filch in an already uncomfortable situation. The space allotted to each passenger in coach is already so limited that some airlines (i.e. Qantas, Virgin) ban the Knee Defender and similar gadgets and others are contemplating a ban to prevent situations like the one that occurred last week.

But the Knee Defender is just one in a long list of travel annoyances according to CNN.

Photo: Wikimedia

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

The two most common themes of MAGA sorehead emails I received last year were the inevitability of an anti-Biden landslide in 2022, and the certainty of Hillary Clinton’s prosecution by “independent counsel” John Durham supposedly for falsifying evidence against Donald Trump during the “Russia, Russia, Russia hoax,” as Trump styles it.

Keep reading...Show less
Ukraine troops operate howitzer
Ukraine troops operate howitzer

For more of my coverage of the Ukraine war, as well as my coverage of the Republican war on our democracy, please buy a subscription.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}