Flights can be made much worse by the behaviour of other plane passengers. A pet peeve of many travellers is people who recline their seats. The jolting of the seat followed by your tray table all but ramming into your torso as the flier in front leans back is a feeling known by most fliers.
The contribution was made in the comments section of an article on The Guardian concerning the seat debate.
The user suggested that a clever move with a piece of paper could stop the person leaning back.
“Take on board an A4 sheet of paper and fold slightly asymmetrically about 5x to make a thickish wedge – wedge this into the wheely thing on the back of the seat in front of you (sic), they wrote.
“Now it will only recline an inch or so. Arguments averted, calm flight.”
The suggestion was met with divided opinions, with some criticising the offering.
Others were impressed – “What a good idea,” one person wrote. “Superb advice,” another added.
However, forcibly preventing someone from putting their seat back is likely to end in trouble.
A fracas broke out on a United Airlines in 2014 when one passenger attempted to use Knee Defender safeguards.