The war between recliners and legroomers is escalating—for the second time this week, a commercial flight was forced to make an emergency landing when two passengers started to fight over the use of reclining seats.
The latest dispute began on an American Airlines flight Wednesday, when a woman apparently reclined her seat in front of Edmund Alexandre, a 61-year-old French man with a passion for personal space. When Alexandre was unable to compel her to righten her seat, things reportedly escalated.
Alexandre, who is from Paris, continued to be disruptive when a flight crew member attempted to calm him, following the crewman down the aisle and grabbing his arm, authorities said. Two undercover federal air marshals on the flight then subdued Alexandre and handcuffed him, the US attorney's office said.