"I felt terrible when I landed. I'm the first to admit I'm not proud of it."

Beach, 48, caused an uproar on a United Airlines flight to Denver on Aug. 24 when he employed the “Knee Defender,” a device that attaches to a person’s tray table and stops the person in front of them from reclining their seat. Both Beach and the woman he got in a confrontation with were escorted off the plane after it was diverted to a nearby airport, but Beach was not arrested or fined. The Federal Aviation Administration said the “Knee Defender” is not illegal, but many airlines prohibit its use…

On the ensuing controversy: “I thought that would be the end of it, ‘OK I’ll write a letter to United,’ and a few days later I’m browsing the Internet. I did a Google search and saw it was everywhere, and that to me was shocking.”