American Airlines, good name but the pretty average airline in reality. What is also good in theory is a nice old seat recline, it’s pure relaxation, however one woman on an AA flight had the opposite of a relaxing flight when the man behind her starting abusing her.
During a flight between Charlotte, North Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana a woman by the name of Wendi Williams reclined her seat during mealtime when the man behind her asked her to put her seat back up, she obliged, however, it’s after the mealtime when things started to get messy. Williams reclined her seat again and the man got angry, he started punching the back of her seat which he did 9 times. After the initial 9 punches, Williams started filming at which point the man “calmed down” however he was still rocking Williams chair back and forth, seemingly quite violently. After this altercation, Williams called the flight attendant who served her with a passenger disturbance notice which stated: “YOUR BEHAVIOR MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW” while giving the apparent abuser some free rum. Presumably, Williams then put her seat back into the upright position after the same flight attendant threatened to escort her off the plane.
In order to be fair I should mention that the flight was a mere 1hr and 24min long, the man was in the back row so he could not recline. The thing I find weird though is the disturbance notice, in the U.S it’s apparently against the law to film on an aeroplane, which is weird because you have flight review channels doing it every day. All of this also makes me think there’s two sides to this story but I guess we will never know. The flight was operated by an E175 and Williams is now looking at legal action.
N410YX, the aircraft on which the alleged altercation occered on full image credit