American Airlines passenger in seat recliner controversy wants to press charges, flight attendant fired
The woman who said her reclined seat was repeatedly punched by an airline passenger sitting behind her, now says she wants to press charges against him.
Wendi Williams, who posted a now-viral video of the tense encounter, said the unidentified man should be charged with assault. What’s more, she said the attendant on the American Eagle flight (a subsidiary of American Airlines) should be fired.
“I want to know who he is. I would like to press charges against this man. I was assaulted on this plane,” Williams told TMZ on Friday.
“I want to know who he is. I would like to press charges against this man. I was assaulted on this plane,” said Wendi Williams. (Photo: iStock)
“Everybody thinks that when I say he was punching me, that’s what was happening in the video. I started taking the video because he was punching my seat, literally,” she said.
The dispute between the two passengers was over Williams’ reclining her seat, which the man complained took up his space. He asked her to put up her seat while he ate, and Williams said she obliged. However, she reclined her chair again once when he finished.
That’s when she said he began violently punching it. Williams said she thought filming the man would make him stop his “ridiculous” antics.
An American Airlines representative told TMZ that the airline was looking into the incident and that attempts were made to de-escalate the midair confrontation. The airline said that things wouldn’t have taken a nasty turn had the two passengers been respectful to each other.