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10 Controversial Travel Gadgets (That May Actually Improve Your Trip)


It’s no secret that air travel is uncomfortable. And judging by the sheer volume of travel gear available at the airport, the market knows it, too. Every day brings a new type of travel gadget that promises to make travel better and more comfortable.

Controversial Travel Gadgets

Sometimes these products make a big difference, and sometimes they’re unnecessary, bizarre, or just plain disrespectful. Here are some of the craziest and most controversial travel gadgets available. Are they worth enraging your fellow passengers? You be the judge.

Knee Defenders

(Photo: Knee Defenders)

You might have already heard of the famous knee defendersnow banned by many major airlines–which caused quite the stir when they hit the market a few years ago. The small plastic device is designed to be placed on your airline tray table and prevents the person in front of you from reclining. While this did save many long-legged passengers from being squished, it also caused a lot of arguments. The rules of reclining may not be respected by many, but knee defenders seem to cause more problems than they solve.

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