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Plane Diverted Reclining Seat: Legroom Spat Grounds 2nd Flight This Week

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By    |   Friday, 29 Aug 2014 12:18 PM

A plane was diverted for the second time this week in yet another reclining seat dispute, this time during an international flight from Miami to Paris, which ended up detouring to Boston where a 61-year-old man was taken into custody.

Paris resident Edmund Alexandre was arrested at Logan International Airport around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday and charged with interfering with the crew of the American Airlines flight, the Boston Globe reported.

Suffolk County prosecutors said that Alexandre apparently became angry when the person in front of him reclined her seat, shrinking the free space in front of him. When a crewmember approached him in an effort to calm him down, Alexandre reportedly became even more enraged to the point of following the American Airlines employee back down the aisle.

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Prosecutors told the Globe that Alexandre then grabbed the crewmember by the arm, at which point a federal air marshal intervened, handcuffing Alexandre and detaining him until the plane landed in Boston.

Alexandre was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation and treatment for "a pre-existing medical condition," police told the Globe. He was arraigned for his charges at the hospital on Thursday and is expected to appear in court again Dec. 29.

On Sunday, United Airlines booted one male and one female passenger off a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Denver after the plane was forced to land at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after the two got into a dispute over a reclining seat

According to the Chicago Tribune, the male passenger used a device called a "Knee Defender" to prevent the woman in front of him from reclining her seat. When a crewmember asked the man to remove the tray table clamps, he refused. That's when the woman turned around and threw a cup of water in the man's face.

"Both passengers were very disruptive and failed to follow flight crew instructions," Chicago police officer Ron Gaines told the Tribune.

USA Today reported that Transportation Security Administration spokesman Ross Feinstein said that no one was arrested in the incident because it was it "was deemed a customer service issue and not a threat to aviation security."

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A plane was diverted for the second time this week in yet another reclining seat dispute, this time during an international flight from Miami to Paris, which ended up detouring to Boston where a 61-year-old man was taken into custody.
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