But sometimes, even for the best reasons, those inventions can cause more trouble than they’re worth.
A few years ago, after a passenger reclined his coach seat into the neck of the person behind him, someone invented a plastic wedge.
When placed on the seat in front of you, it makes that seat impossible to recline.
The wedge performed perfectly. But what was the result?
There was a lot of onboard fighting among passengers trying to recline.
Now there’s something called the Armrest Divider.
It’s supposed to stop the battle over the armrest between coach passengers.
It’s made of a sheet of foldable plastic and it clamps to the armrest when you tighten the screw, creating two armrests from one.
It costs $25. It’s ugly, and it calls unnecessary attention to the already sensitive onboard problem of people hogging the armrest.
Instead, try talking to the person sitting next to you.
Build bridges, not walls, at 35,000 feet.
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