The internet has divided once again, and this time it is all thanks to a couple of American Eagle passengers on the same flight. A woman named Wendi Williams (not this one, a different one) was on a 90-minute flight from New Orleans to Charlotte when she decided to recline her seat. Sometimes when you recline your seat, nothing will happen. Other times, the person behind you will not appreciate you exercising your right to recline your seat and will declare war on you. That’s what happened to Wendi. Wendi claims that a man repeatedly punched her chair after she reclined it, and she responded by recording him.
It seems like Wend is more angry at American Airlines (maybe because a lawyer told her to be) than the passenger who made like a sedated Million Dollar Baby and kept nudging her chair. via HuffPo:
Wendi Williams said that on Jan. 31, she took a flight on American Airlines subsidiary American Eagle from New Orleans to Charlotte, North Carolina. During the trip, when she first reclined her seat the man behind her asked that she wait to do so until he was done eating.
She accommodated the man and then reclined the seat after he was done, according to Fox News. However, she said the man reacted by repeatedly punching the back of her seat, which she captured on video.
Wendi tweeted her side of the saga, claiming that he Chris Brown’d her chair several times, but turned down his fisting to “kinky turtle on Ambien” when she started to record him:
@BravoAndy Here’s a great jackhole! He was angry that I reclined my seat and punched it about 9 times – HARD, at which point I began videoing him, and he resigned to this behavior. The other jackhole is the @AmericanAir flight attendant who reprimanded me and offered him rum! pic.twitter.com/dHeUysrKTu
— wendi (@steelersfanOG) February 9, 2020
Wendi got a flight attendant involved, but according to her, the flight attendant responded with an eye roll:
When the FA came. She rolled her eyes at me and said, “What?” She then told him it was tight back there and gave him rum! 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! https://t.co/zRwy5JYr9s
— wendi (@steelersfanOG) February 8, 2020
Wendi also says:
“It was scary and very painful” Williams said, claiming that she lost time at work, had to visit a doctor, receive X-rays and suffered headaches because of the incident.
And she goes on to say that since she wasn’t getting any help from AA about her complaints, she threatened to take it to the FBI:
I was contacted via phone by @AmericanAir, they apologized but really didn’t accept any responsibility for the flight attendant’s actions. I will be calling the FBI to press charges against the “man” who mistook me for a punching bag. Anyone who doesn’t like it, I don’t care!
— wendi (@steelersfanOG) February 9, 2020
I’m sure the FBI will drop everything and rush right to her aid. She did receive some support from Twitter users:
The guy should have been moved. Period.
A person who has some agitation DOES NOT need alcohol.
This needs to go up the chain to someone with common sense!
— Becky Spooner (@BeckySpooner1) February 8, 2020
omg..this is terrible, why didn't anyone help you?
— Lizzie Tish (@belles_slave) February 8, 2020
But there were some who had no sympathy for Wendi:
No offense but this gentleman, although he's an idiot, his seat does not recline. So it is unfair for the person in front to recline their seat. He should have politely asked you to not recline your seat. This is an industry airline problem that needs fixing.
— Leslie Dryden🇨🇦 (@DECOR1) February 8, 2020
Move your seat up then.
— Libby Sparks (@libbysparks101) February 8, 2020
Why were you so inconsiderate? Reclining airline seats is such a dud move.
I admire his resilience.
Why would you share this video when it puts you in such a bad light?
— Rich (@MisterRch) February 12, 2020
A spokesperson for American Airlines gave the following statement:
“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.”
Honestly, this won’t be an issue in the near future. I’m sure that soon, airlines will rip out all the seats and shove as many people as possible in like an overcrowded subway car. And when we cry about not being able to breathe, an oxygen mask from above will drop in front of us, but only after we toss a flight attendant a credit card to pay the $25 breathing charge.