One woman’s video of the airline passenger behind her punching the back of her reclined seat went viral last week.
Now she is reportedly looking to sue American Airlines.
The controversy began when Wendi Williams posted a video on Twitter of the passenger behind her shaking her headrest with repeated punches on her Jan. 31 American Eagle flight from New Orleans to Charlotte, North Carolina.
The man behind her was in the last row and reportedly asked the woman to sit upright so he could eat.
She did, but then later reclined again, and the situation escalated as was shown in the video that was recorded, according to Fox Business.
Williams originally tweeted, “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!”
According to Williams’ account of the situation, a flight attendant came over but instead of stopping the man, she offered him a complimentary cocktail.
@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
She has since spoken out against American Airlines, which runs American Eagle, for allegedly misrepresenting her in its statement about the situation to TMZ.
According to TMZ, an airline representative said the incident started after the woman knocked over the other passenger’s drink when she reclined her seat.
The representative also said the situation would not have escalated in the way that it had if both passengers were respectful of each other.
But Williams denied the allegations, saying that it was “yet another misrepresentation” of her.
4 @AmericanAir Again, who said I spilled a drink on him? Was it the “man”? The guy who punched me in my back repeatedly? The other passenger who should have been respectful? Was I disrespectful by reclining my seat @AmericanAir? Yes or no? Simple question a it’s your airline – https://t.co/mX0MMm0TvX
— wendi (@steelersfanOG) February 14, 2020
She said that the statement from the representative, accusations that she was being disruptive and the actions of the flight attendant were all defamatory.
According to Williams, the flight attendant told her to delete the video and gave her a passenger disturbance notice when she refused.
Williams also wants the airline to pay for her medical bills because the repeated whiplash may have caused damage due to her medical history.
She told TMZ she wants to get an MRI but it’s too expensive.
“We are aware of a customer dispute that transpired,” American Airlines said in a statement.
“The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority, and our team is looking into the issue.”
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