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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.

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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. (Read more seat recliner stories.)

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