Air Marshals Forced to Subdue Passenger Fighting Over Reclining Seat

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.

The Miami-to-Paris flight was finally forced to divert to Boston when two undercover air marshals were compelled to step in, the Guardian reports.

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.

Alexandre is now facing charges for interfering with a flight crew, but at least he can sleep at night (maybe in jail, for as long as twenty years) knowing he's on the right side of history.

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