Knee Defender banned in Australia; AA says, "No to Orbitz"; Ryanair to bid for Cyprus Airways


Qantas, Virgin Australia ban ‘Knee Defender’

Qantas and Virgin Australia have decided to ban the Knee Defender.

Both airlines issued statements confirming their stance in the wake of a highly publicised stoush on a United Airlines flight which saw the plane make an unscheduled landing and two passengers marched off.

Sales of the Knee Defender reportedly skyrocketed on the back of media coverage of the diversion, with passengers clamouring to buy the $22 plastic clamps which slip onto the legs of your seat’s tray table to physically prevent the passenger in front from reclining.

American pulls flights from Orbitz

American Airlines announced it will no longer sell flights on Orbitz.

American’s president, Scott Kirby, blamed the move on an inability “to reach a deal with the economics that allow us to keep costs low and compete with low-cost carriers.”

Ryanair to make non-binding offer For Cyprus Air

Ryanair moved a step closer to make an offer to buy Cyprus Airways.

The airline’s decision follows a meeting between Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary last Friday with the Cypriot government, which owns more than 90 percent of Cyprus Airways.

(Photo: Aero Icarus/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • Lisa Simeone

    Too bad they’ve banned the Knee Defender. I guess other airlines will eventually follow suit.