Woman Posts Video of Nightmare Passenger Repeatedly Punching Her Seat During Flight

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

He hit my back - so many times so I'll recline!

This divisive debate, that has people firmly entrenched on either side, is raging again on social media in the wake of the latest viral instance of an altercation on a flight.

The shocking 44-second clip shows a man striking her reclined seat over and over again with his fist.

Wendi later shared the footage to her Twitter account, and captioned the post: "Here's a great jackhole!"

Then, according to Williams, the man became agitated and began to perform a punching motion against the back of her seat, shaking her as the nudging continued.

Who is in the wrong when a person on an airplane reclines their seat, and the person behind them begins punching the chair out of anger?

Williams was traveling from New Orleans to Charlotte, North Carolina, on an American Eagle flight (owned by American Airlines).

"The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority", the statement said.

Republic Airways emailed a almost identical statement.

"They apologized but really didn't accept any responsibility for the flight attendant's actions", she said.

"Look at his knuckles", she added.

NBC News has not verified what occurred before or after the video was taken.

And hundreds more have criticized Williams for being cavalier about reclining her seat, which some fliers do not view as a right: It "seems you started this in the first place by reclining your seat too far".

Some declared both parties "children".

"After much consideration, and exhausting every opportunity for #AmericanAirlines to do the right thing, I've made a decision to share my assault, from the passenger behind me, and the further threats, from an American Airline flight attendant", a user named Wendi Williams wrote on Twitter last week. It literally ruins the travel experience of the person sitting behind you. "I would have reprimanded the passenger that was expressing the aggressive behaviour".

"It's ridiculous for ppl to say you shouldn't recline your seat".

"I'm done being quiet!"

In a statement obtained by NBC News, American Airlines said a team was "looking into the issue". It's hard to make out over the jet engines, but whatever he said he was clearly jabbing, verbally this time, at Wendi.

It's also common courtesy not to recline during meal service.

Williams, a passenger from Virginia Beach, Virginia, shared her side of the story starting on February 7. For some, this showed that he still had sufficient room.

After complaining to the stewardess, Williams said that the American Eagle worker told the man - who appears to have been seated in the back row of the aircraft - that it was "tight back there" and gave him a free rum drink.

The true villain in this tale may just be the airline. "I asked her name & She gave me a Passenger Disturbance Notice", she wrote. "It always boils down to a lack of good design".

"I'm no saint, but I have seen enough videos of the wrong person being escorted off the plane!" she said.

Some faulted Williams for reclining her seat in such a layout, and some blamed the airline in for creating such cramped conditions. In April 2019, Delta Air Lines announced that it would try reducing the recline from four inches to two on 62 A320 planes used for flights less than two hours.

Still others said the fault lies with airlines.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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