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Recline prompts flyer to shake woman’s seat

But who's really in the wrong here?

A row broke out on a recent American Airlines flight after a passenger reclined her seat and the man behind started banging on the back of it. 


In a video posted on social media by the female passenger, the male traveller can be heard saying, “What’s your problem?” to which the woman replies, “I don’t have one”. 


After this, the man can be seen tapping on the seat multiple times, and then appears to nudge the seat forward numerous times with his hand.


Image Wendi Williams / Twitter


The incident occurred in the economy class of on an American Eagle flight between New Orleans and Charlotte, North Carolina. 


“Here’s a great jackhole! He was angry that I reclined my seat and punched it about 9 times – HARD, at which point I began videoing him, and he resigned to this behavior,” Wendi Williams said on Twitter. 


“The other jackhole is the @AmericanAir flight attendant who reprimanded me and offered him rum!”


Ms Williams added that she had shared the video of her “assault”, “After much consideration, and exhausting every opportunity for #American Airlines to do the right thing”. 


“When the FA came. She rolled her eyes at me and said, ‘What?’ She then told him it was tight back there and gave him rum! She told me I had to delete the video! It’s against the law to video on a plane. I asked her name & She gave me a Passenger Disturbance Notice!” she wrote.


Williams said she put her seat upright while the man ate, but after reclining it again following the meal, “he started hammering away at me”.


“It was scary and very painful” said Williams, who claimed she missed work, had X-rays and experienced headaches due to the incident. 


In a statement, AA said “the safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority” and that it would be looking into this event, the New York Post reported.


The video, which has since been viewed around 2.5 million times, has divided opinion over who was wrong in the incident, with those against reclining seats siding with the man, and others siding with Williams.


Whose side are you on?


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 14 February 2020

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