Wendi Williams, who posted a now-viral video of the tense encounter, stated the unidentified man needs to be charged with assault. What’s extra, she stated the attendant on the American Eagle flight (a subsidiary of American Airways) needs to 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 after 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 stated.
The dispute between the 2 passengers was over Williams’ reclining her seat, which the person complained took up his area. He requested her to place up her seat whereas he ate, and Williams stated she obliged. Nonetheless, she reclined her chair once more as soon as when he completed.
That’s when she stated he started violently punching it. Williams stated 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 stated.
Williams additionally aimed her frustration on the flight attendant, Loretta, whom she stated 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 stated, as an alternative got here to the person’s protection and apologized to him for the tight area.
“I was like, are you kidding me?” Williams stated.
An American Airways consultant informed TMZ that the airline was trying into the incident and that makes an attempt had been made to de-escalate the midair confrontation. The airline stated that issues wouldn’t have taken a nasty flip had the 2 passengers been respectful to one another.