Wendi Williams, who posted a now-viral video of the tense encounter, mentioned the unidentified man must be charged with assault. What’s extra, she mentioned the attendant on the American Eagle flight (a subsidiary of American Airways) must be fired.
“I want to know who he is. I would like to press charges against this man. I was assaulted on this plane,” Williams informed TMZ on Friday.
“Everyone thinks that once I say he was punching me, that’s what was taking place within the video. I began taking the video as a result of he was punching my seat, actually,” she mentioned.
The dispute between the 2 passengers was over Williams’ reclining her seat, which the person complained took up his house. He requested her to place up her seat whereas he ate, and Williams mentioned she obliged. Nonetheless, she reclined her chair once more as soon as when he completed.
That’s when she mentioned he started violently punching it. Williams mentioned she thought filming the person would make him cease his “ridiculous” antics.
“It happened every 20-30 seconds. It probably happened eight times. That’s when I started videoing,” she mentioned.
Williams additionally aimed her frustration on the flight attendant, Loretta, whom she mentioned threatened to take away her from the plane if she didn’t delete the video recording.
The airline employee handed Williams a “Passenger Disturbance Notice” that warned of federal prosecution.
“I had my hand raised as I was videoing him so that I would get the flight attendant’s attention. She came over to me kind of huffy,” Williams claimed.
The flight attendant, she mentioned, as an alternative got here to the person’s protection and apologized to him for the tight house.
“I was like, are you kidding me?” Williams mentioned.
An American Airways consultant informed TMZ that the airline was wanting into the incident and that makes an attempt had been made to de-escalate the midair confrontation. The airline mentioned that issues wouldn’t have taken a nasty flip had the 2 passengers been respectful to one another.