Man Punches Woman’s Seat Because She Reclined
When it comes to the recline vs no-recline debate, things often get a bit…contentious. However, this takes it to another level.
Wendi Williams (no, not that one), was traveling from New Orleans to Charlotte on American Airlines flight 4392. The flight was operated on an Embraer ERJ-175 – a regional commuter jet. Wendi was seated in seat 20D, one row from the back of the aircraft.
According to Wendi, she wanted to recline her seat. The man behind her was eating so she kept her seat in the upright position. Once he finished, she reclined. Then this happened :
@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
According to Wendi’s account, the man punched her seat hard several times before resorting to the continuous jabbing. After the incident ramped up, she called the flight attendant. The flight attendant allegedly sympathized with the man and offered him a free bottle of rum. Wendi also claims that she has neck issues and had to miss several days of work due to the repeated trauma.
First, let’s start with the guy punching the seat. While we don’t hear his side of the story, there is absolutely no excuse for a fully grown adult to punch or kick the back of someone’s seat. Parents that travel with children teach them from a young age that it’s not ok to kick the back of someone’s seat. Even if you were never taught that, it’s common sense once you reach a certain age. But continuously punching it? Come on.
Grow up, be an adult, and politely ask the person in front of you if they’d mind moving their seat up. If they still don’t? Well that sucks, but a flight from New Orleans to Charlotte takes 90 minutes in the air. Factor in that the seat has to be upright for takeoff and landing and you’re looking at an hour tops. Just suck it up for an hour and gripe about it in your group text when you land. While he may look like an adult, he clearly lacks the ability to act like one.
As for Wendi, I really have trouble faulting her at all here. If you want to argue that she shouldn’t have reclined her seat, does that really justify someone hitting the back of her seat?
Should you recline?
When it comes to reclining on a plane, I try to take a consistent approach. If the flight is a long-haul or red eye, go ahead and recline to your heart’s content. Just keep your seat upright for meal service. On a short, daytime flight, I don’t really need to recline. If you still want to recline, just be courteous and aware of the person behind you before doing it.
That said, you’re still fully within your right to do so. The airline installed seats with that button in the armrest for a reason. While some airlines like easyJet have eliminated seats with recline, the majority of those that have are low cost carriers. Their decision has more to do with saving space than trying to avoid conflict.
Regardless of which team you’re on, team recline or team no recline, there’s absolutely no justifying the way the man in this video acted. It’s really unacceptable behavior for a child, let alone a fully grown adult. If you have an issue with someone, whether it’s reclining or anything else, be a decent human. It shouldn’t be that hard.