American Airlines passenger repeatedly ‘punches’ woman’s seat for reclining it

NEW YORK - AUGUST 24 : A Boeing 737-A23 operated by American Airlines takes off from JFK Airport on August 24, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
An American Airlines hostess allegedly ‘rolled her eyes’ when Wendi Williams complained (Picture: Getty Images)

A airplane passenger has been advised to contact the FBI after the man behind her allegedly punched her the back of her seat for reclining it.

Wendi Williams said the ‘unhinged jerk’ thumped her chair nine times before she started filming his tantrum.

She says an American Airlines hostess ‘rolled her eyes’ at her when she complained, before handing a complimentary rum to the man.

After reclining her seat for the first time, Wendi says she was happy to put it back up as requested while the passenger behind her ate his meal.

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But after tilting it back again, she says the man ‘punched my seat about nine times’ before she started filming.

The disgruntled passenger, who was sitting at the back of the plane and could not recline, is seen nudging the chair repeatedly.

Writing on Twitter, the teacher said: ‘I’m in pain. I have one cervical disk left that isn’t fused – the first one which allows me some mobility.

‘It’s scary because it’s this kind of injury that could do it in. I am grateful for the limited movement I still have and shouldn’t have had to endure repeated blows.’

But Wendi, who was on her way to a conference in New Orleans, was criticised on social media for ‘inconsiderately’ putting her seat back.

People accused her of ‘invading the space of the other passenger’ and ‘ruining his experience’.

But an unrepentant Wendi said: ‘Did you watch the video? He had a flat tray table, his knees were not up in his chest, though I wish they had been now.’

After complaining to a member of staff, she says was told to take her complaint to the FBI rather than the airline.

She said: ‘When the Flight A came. She rolled her eyes at me and said, ‘What?’ She then told him it was tight back there and gave him rum!

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‘She told me I had to delete the video! It’s against the law to video on a plane. I asked her name & She gave me a Passenger Disturbance Notice!’

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Wendi say the airline advised her to ‘contact the FBI’ following the clash (Picture: EPA)

Wendi says a representative from the airline called her after the two hour flight from New Orleans to Charlotte, North Carolina.

She added: ‘Apparently I really do have to contact the FBI to get any resolution. The airline didn’t really accept any culpability, although she apologised and said what happened was wrong – that’s it.’

An American Airlines spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of a customer dispute that transpired on American Eagle flight 4392, operated by Republic Airways on January 31.

‘The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority, and our team is looking into the issue.’

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