For some people, the function is just a test: Will you keep your seat in the upright position and prove you belong in civilized society? Williams claimed. "She offered him a complimentary cocktail!" "I've lost time at work, had to visit a doctor, got x-rays" and cited headaches for a week, she wrote.
"After much consideration, and exhausting every opportunity for #AmericanAirlines to do the right thing, I've chose to share my assault, from the passenger behind me, and the further threats, from an American Airline flight attendant", a user named Wendi Williams wrote on Twitter last week.
American Airlines is "looking into the issue", NBC reports.
Williams claims that a flight attendant offered the man a free rum drink despite his complaints about him
Republic Airways emailed a almost identical statement. Seats are getting smaller, food scarcer, flights more crowded. He also apparently asked Williams not to recline her seat while he was eating.
And hundreds more have criticized Williams for being cavalier about reclining her seat, which some fliers do not view as a right: It "seems you started this in the first place by reclining your seat too far".
In tweets directed at American Airlines, Williams said she has undergone "extensive neck surgeries" in the past and alleged the incident caused her significant pain.
"I turned around and I said 'Sir, I was hoping to get some sleep on the flight, do you mind if I put my seat back a little bit?' He said 'Nope, no problem, '" she said. "I would have reprimanded the passenger that was expressing the aggressive behaviour". The executive explained if a passenger knows a tall person is sitting behind them, they should ask permission before they recline. "It's scary bc [sic] it's this the kind of injury that could do it in".More news: Covid-19 death cases cross 1,500, fall in new cases
Of course people should still be polite. "And she reclines. He's upset, and is punching her seat incessantly - so she records", user Marina Marraco tweeted. So it is unfair for the person in front to recline their seat.
'The only time it is wrong is when the meal service is still happening and yet to be cleared'.
Some were confused about why Williams would post the video to begin with, since it paints her in "such a bad light", clearly siding with the man here. For some, this showed that he still had sufficient room.
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Numerous Twitter users flocked to the post to share their opinions on the man's deeds. "It always boils down to a lack of good design".
Reaction across social media has been split, with hundreds of users admonishing the male passenger's behavior: "There is no reason to allow people to act like he did".
With ever-declining legroom on planes, "the nature of the environment makes it very hard to be civil", she said.
Not everybody agreed, with some people pointing out that the seats are created to recline, and passengers have every right to do so.More news: Roku Earnings Beats Estimates Thanks to the Streaming Wars
The flight was supposed to last less than two hours, quick and painless. Other airlines have carried out similar experiments, with some seats coming moderately pre-reclined, but the majority are still a fully functional temptation.