Second Flight Diversion Within A Week Due To Reclining Seat Fight?


American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris on Wednesday had to land in Boston to drop off a Frenchman that had become unruly due to someone reclining her seat.

American Airlines Miami Paris Reclining Seat Fight

Unlike with the United flight (read more here), the lady didn’t threw water on his face but the Frenchman followed the flight attendant to the galley and had grabbed his hand. The air marshal that was on the flight had then subdued the passenger.

You can read more about this incident on NY Daily News website here:

The 60-year-old from Paris apparently told the passenger in front of him that her reclined seat was hurting his legs, WCVB reports.

But the woman apparently refused to budge.The disagreement turned into a row, and a flight attendant attempted to intervene. The man allegedly followed the crew member down the aisle and grabbed his arm, according to a federal affidavit.

That’s when air marshals on board the Flight 62 broke their cover to subdue the man. Massachusetts state police greeted Alexandre at a Boston airport at around 10 p.m. He was taken to a Boston hospital for a pre-existing medical condition. He was later slapped with local and federal charges for interfering with a flight crew. Alexandre was released on his own recognizance until a December hearing.


Second time within a week flight gets diverted due to fight over reclining seat? American Airlines coach certainly isn’t comfortable and I would avoid transiting in Miami (the passenger was coming from Haiti), but this doesn’t justify the passenger’s behavior. Just unbelievable. Hope that AA gets him to pay the associated costs due to the diversion.