Man repeatedly punches woman's airline seat because she reclined it

Cheryl Sanders
February 15, 2020

If someone puts back their seat just do what the rest of us do: tolerate it and realize we're literally all in the same awful situation together. In the wake of the whole ordeal, Williams claims to have suffered neck problems and wants AA to foot her medical bills to get things checked out. She said she complied and then reclined again when he was done, prompting him to hit her seat repeatedly.

"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", Williams wrote.

"After much consideration, and exhausting every opportunity for American Airlines to do the right thing, I've chose to share my assault, from the passenger behind me, and the further threats, from an American Airline flight attendant".

An American Airlines spokesman told Mirror Online: "We are aware of a customer dispute that transpired on American Eagle flight 4392, operated by Republic Airways on January 31. The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority, and our team is looking into the issue".

Republic Airways emailed a almost identical statement. I recline my seat 100% of the time and have no issue with people in front of me reclining the seat which they paid for. She told me I had to delete the video!


People on the other side saw a privileged white male bullying a woman.

After airing her grievances with American Airlines, she said the airline told her to contact the FBI to investigate her claims. But the woman "rolled her eyes" and offered the man she accused of hitting her seat some complimentary rum, she wrote in a tweet. "I would have reprimanded the passenger that was expressing the aggressive behaviour".

Delta CEO Ed Bastian chimed in on the debate on plane etiquette on Friday when he told CNBC that passengers' should ask permission from the person sitting behind them to put their seat back - and that he never reclines.

"It's scary (because it's this) kind of injury that could do it in", she said of her one remaining disk that isn't fused.

Of course people should still be polite. That way the person behind has a chance to voice any concerns, although the decision about whether to recline or not ultimately lies with the person occupying the seat in question, she said.


'The only time it is wrong is when the meal service is still happening and yet to be cleared'. For some, this showed that he still had sufficient room.

Williams said after she called for a flight attendant to intervene, not only was she of no help but, in her view, she also made a bad situation worse.

The true villain in this tale may just be the airline.

As of Thursday, it's unclear whether Williams has or will pursue charges against the passenger or American Airlines. "It always boils down to a lack of good design". All of this so that airlines can make more money off us poor cattle shoved in their planes.

As Orr sees it, the woman was well within her rights to recline the seat for the simple reason that she had been given a seat capable of reclining. It's a two hour flight; the guy's just watching a movie on his phone, not trying to assemble a working model of a flat-six engine on his tray table there.


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