The discussion reached accusations against both parties to the conflict and the designers of the liners.
The American filmed a video of how a man from the last row of the plane knocked on the back of her chair reclined in front of him. Now on Twitter they are trying to solve the moral dilemma and decide which of them is to blame, and at the same time they are finding out whether it is ethical to recline the seatbacks in airplanes.
American Eagle Airlines passenger plane Wendi Williams departed from New Orleans (Louisiana) to Charlotte (North Carolina) – the flight takes about an hour and a half. On board, she sat on the penultimate row, and behind her a fellow traveler, whose chair does not recline, hit with the fist in the back of her reclined seat. Williams posted a video on his Twitter and complained about the passenger.
@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
What an asshole! He got angry because I threw back the seat and hit him nine times – and hard. At some point, I started shooting him, and he stopped beating. Another asshole is a flight attendant who reprimanded me and offered him rum!
Williams said that when she first leaned back, the passenger asked her not to do this while he was eating. She agreed. When he ate, the woman lowered her chair again – and he began to beat on the back.
When the passenger drew the attention of the flight attendant to the situation, he reprimanded her and threatened to take her out of the plane. And he gave the man a free cocktail. Williams later stated that she did not go to work because of a “terrible headache of pain” that lasted all week, and even went to the doctor.
Twitter user @MarinaMarraco started a discussion about the situation in the hope of finding out which side of the conflict was to blame.
This video has the internet legitimately divided .— Marina Marraco (@MarinaMarraco) February 12, 2020
Dude is in the last seat on the plane. Seat doesn’t recline.
Hers does. And she reclines.
He’s upset, and is punching her seat incessantly— so she records.
Who is right?!
Who is wrong?!
See you at 7p on #FOX5LION@fox5dc pic.twitter.com/jjjTLLwvEc
This video really shared the internet. Dude is sitting in the last seat on the plane. His chair does not recline. Her – leans back. And she throws back. He is indignant and, without ceasing, knocks on her back. She is filming this on video. Who is right? Who is wrong?
In the social network, opinions about the actions of passengers were divided. Many felt that Williams was to blame for the situation, since, in their opinion, it was wrong to fold the seat in any case.
It’s rude to ever recline your seat. I angle my air conditioning vent on the back of their necks until they turn around to adjust it. I tell them I’ll turn it off for a raised seat. Always works.— BridgeFaithful (@bridge_faithful) February 12, 2020
Leaning back is rude anyway. I turn the air conditioner so that it blows on their necks until they turn. I tell them that I’ll turn it off if they raise the chair. Always works
People who recline are bad people. Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD.— Christopher Keelty 🏳️🌈 (@keeltyc) February 13, 2020
People who recline their backs are just bad people. Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD do it
How is this even a question? She is clearly in the wrong, 1) for reclining, 2) not asking & not pulling forward when it was a clear problem, 3) for filming it, & 4) for sending it in to Bravo. (Granted, he could’ve handled it better).— Tim Rege (@The_Rege) February 13, 2020
What is the general question? Obviously, she was guilty of having thrown back, didn’t lift her when the conflict started, filmed it on camera and sent the video to the media (Of course, he could have acted better)
If you recline your seat on a plane, you're a fucking dickhead. End of. https://t.co/TFxAcjaKhG— Connor McKenzie (@conFmck) February 13, 2020
If you recline your seat on an airplane, then you’re a damn asshole. the end
Others, on the contrary, sided with Williams. And they considered that to recline a seat is the right of any passenger.
I’m a frequent flyer, IMO: The seat reclines= end of discussion. Whoever sits there has every right to use any and every feature that comes with that seat. What’s so controversial about it???? 🤔🤔— Nash Fung (@nashfung) February 13, 2020
I fly regularly. In my opinion, once the seat reclines, that’s all, the end of the discussion. Anyone who sits has every right to use any functional seat. What is so controversial?
He is 1000% wrong.— Richard Ings (@ringsau) February 13, 2020
Everyone knows that the last row seats don't recline.
Pick another seat if its a problem.
Passengers have every right to recline except during meal service.
Whacking the seat in front is just being a jerk.
He is 1000% wrong. Everyone knows that the seats in the last row do not recline. Choose another if this is the problem. Passengers have the right to recline their seats at any time, except for lunch. Knocking on the seat in front of you is just crazy
@MarinaMarraco I travel over 100,000 miles a year. He is in the wrong. It’s not her fault he picked a seat that doesn’t recline. He’s the instigator and a bully. Chances he does that with a male in the seat in front of himis slim.— Spencer Sullivan (@SpenSullivan) February 12, 2020
I travel more than 100 thousand miles a year. He is not right. It’s not her fault that he chose a seat whose back does not recline. He is the instigator of the conflict and a bully. The chances of him doing the same if a man was sitting in front of him are low
Users also noticed that knocking on other people’s seats is basically wrong. And they suggested that the passenger would not hit the chair in which the man is sitting.
What are we debating?! He's hitting her seat.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) February 14, 2020
That's bizarre behavior no matter how you feel about reclining. A guy is hitting a woman's seat, causing her to bounce up and down. Outrageous. https://t.co/LriOsqyo1c
What are we arguing about ?! He knocks on her seat. This is crazy behavior, not even considering the reclining seat. The guy hits the woman’s chair, which is why she jumps up and down. Outrageous
But why is it her fault he booked a crappy seat? And what kind of sane adult punches someone's seat?— Chris P. Bacon (@Clay_57) February 12, 2020
Is she to blame for taking a shitty seat? And what adequate adult would knock on someone else’s seat?
What a sexist coward. Imagine if she’s a big dude with a mean mug. He’s not punching shit.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) February 13, 2020
What a cowardly sexist. Imagine if there was a huge dude with an evil mug in her place. Nichrome he would not knock
The social networks also felt that both were to blame – it was wrong to fold the seat, but also to knock on the back. Both parties to the conflict were accused of infantilism.
Both are horrible. He is an ass for hitting her seat and she is an ass for videoing it and not just telling him to stop or getting a flight attendant. Fuck both of these assholes. In other news I made incredible guacamole last night.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 13, 2020
Both are terrible. He is a fool because he knocks on her seat. She is a fool because she shot it on video and did not tell him to stop or called the cabin attendant. Fuck both of these assholes. To other news – yesterday I made a wonderful guacamole
I’m surprised the flight attendants didn’t check in on the two unaccompanied minors sitting in the back of the plane— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) February 13, 2020
Surprisingly, the cabin crew did not notice that two unaccompanied adults were in the tail of the plane
Depends how long the trip is. Reclining on a short flight is trashy but so is punching their seat.— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) February 13, 2020
Depends on how long the trip is. Leaning back on short flights is disgusting, but knocking on the seat too
Someone came to the conclusion that the designers of aircraft who make too narrow rows are to blame.
The airlines are at fault for forcing human beings into these depraved Lord of the Flies type situations— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 13, 2020
Airlines are to blame for putting people in situations from Lord of the Flies
"Who is wrong?!"— Mark Anderson (@ispyradio) February 14, 2020
For pity's sake. Take out one flippin' row and give everyone the extra sixteenth of an inch of room they deserve.
“Who’s wrong?” Aircraft designers. Take pity. Take away one damn row and give everyone an extra 1/16 inch of the space they deserve
i think the airlines fucking suck https://t.co/GEAw1UZe3e— ghost wife (@eponawest) February 13, 2020
I think airlines suck