A woman was knitting on a Delta flight Monday when she did something that upset a fellow passenger so much the flight had to be diverted.
The battle over reclining seats on airplanes has only continued after one passenger used a device to block the seat in front of him from reclining last week, resulting in a fight and both of the 48-year-olds involved being kicked off the plane.
Since the incident with United Airlines Flight 1462, two other flights have been diverted for similar seat-recline incidents.
The most recent spat occurred on Delta Airlines Flight 2370 Monday from New York’s LaGuardia International Airport to Palm Beach International Airport. Instead of heading nonstop to its final destination though, the plane was forced to land in Jacksonville, Florida, “due to safety reasons in regard to a passenger issue.”
The 32-year-old passenger identified as Amy Fine, according to WJXT-TV, was sleeping on her tray table when another female passenger tried to push her seat backward.
“This woman who was sitting next to me knitting, actually, just tried reclining her seat back. The woman behind her started screaming and swearing and then a flight attendant came over and that just exacerbated what was going on. And then she demanded that the flight land,” Aaron Klipin, who witnessed the incident, said, according to the news station. “She said something to the effect of ‘I don’t care about the consequences, put this plane down now.'”
Klipin said when flight attendants got involved, Fine demanded that the plane land. After speaking with the captain, an announcement came over the speaker that the plane would be diverting to Jacksonville, WJXT reported of Klipin’s account.
When the plane landed, WJXT reported that Fine was escorted off by police but was released without any charges. The airport authority’s report noted that Fine claimed she was hit on the head by the reclining seat and admitted to having words with the woman in front of her. She, however, did not consider herself disruptive, though several flight attendants disagreed, one saying she told him to “Eat [expletive] and die,” according to WJXT.
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A prior second incident occurred Wednesday on an American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris, which was forced to land in Boston. Paris resident Edmund Alexandre was arrested when the plane landed after he became upset when a woman in front of him tried to lean back.
Alexandre was taken to a hospital for a pre-existing medical condition. He was arraigned there Thursday on a charge of interfering with a flight crew. A judge allowed his release until a December hearing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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