New Flight Diverted as 2 Scuffle Over Reclining Seat

Woman reclined while other napped on tray table
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser User
Posted Sep 2, 2014 10:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Yet another plane has been diverted thanks to a squabble over a reclining seat. A Delta flight from New York City to Palm Beach, Fla., was grounded yesterday after two passengers argued over a reclining seat. A fellow passenger and witness tells News4Jax: "This woman who was sitting next to me knitting actually tried reclining her seat back and the woman behind her started screaming and swearing." Evidently, the second woman was taking a nap on the tray table. When the flight attendant arrived, the witness says she made a bad situation worse; the napping woman then "said something to the effect of, 'I don't care about the consequences, put this plane down now,'" the witness recalls.

The plane was diverted to Jacksonville, where police removed the screaming woman from the plane. The flight then continued on to Palm Beach. This is the third legroom battle in a week, Gawker adds. A week ago, a United flight was diverted because of a Knee Defender. Not long after, two air marshals had to calm down two passengers fighting over a reclining seat on a flight to Paris, which was diverted to Boston.

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