Woman whose reclined seat was repeatedly hit by man says air steward threatened to remove her from flight
Last week, a story featuring a male plane passenger who repeatedly hit the seat in front of him after a woman reclined it, went viral.
Wendi Williams, a teacher, was on an American Airlines flight to a conference in New Orleans when she reclined her seat - to the presumed fury of the unidentified passenger behind her.Take a look at the video of the seat punching incident below:
Following the incident, Williams shared the footage to her Twitter account, and captioned the post:
"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! [sic]"
After provoking great debate on airline etiquette - and whether Williams was in the wrong or in the right - she was invited to share her account of the incident on Fox & Friends.Take a look at the interview below:
She revealed on the show that she is now considering pressing charges against the passenger and says he should be charged with assault. Williams then called for the dismissal of the attendant on the flight.
“The hits just kept on coming literally and figuratively. From the guy then the flight attendant,” Williams added.
In an interview on TMZ Live, Williams said she “was assaulted on this plane” and wants the man to "come out of the woodwork.”
She continued: “I was leaving a teacher's conference and we got onto the plane and the man behind me, as soon as we got in the air, I reclined and he asked me if … I would put my seat back up while he ate, which I did.”
Williams added: “About 10 minutes later, he was done and I put my seat back down at which point he started full-on punching the back of my seat really hard that I was flying forward.”
The teacher recalls that at that point she “was trying to get the flight attendant's attention and she wasn't responding.”
“So all I could think to do was to video the guy and maybe I thought that would stop him.”
“I thought, I'm just going to keep videoing this guy because nobody else was doing anything,” Williams said. “And I thought he would completely stop but he continued throughout.”
She added that the “poking” seen in the video “was nothing compared to what he was doing prior.”
While on Fox & Friends, Williams revealed that the flight attendant asked her to delete the video she had taken of the incident.
“When she finally did come around, she had an attitude with me and said, ‘What?’ And I said, ‘The guy behind me is repeatedly hitting me’ and she went back to him, like changed personalities, and was the kindest person in the world and said, ‘Oh, are you okay? It's really tight back here. I'm sorry’ and then she said to me, ‘Delete the video’ and I thought, ‘Why would I delete the video?’” Williams added.
According to reports, Williams said the flight attendant threatened to remove her from the flight if she did not comply with the request to delete the video and handed her a “Passenger Disturbance Notice” indicating potential federal prosecution.
American Airlines has since released a statement saying, “We are aware of a customer dispute that transpired on American Eagle flight 4392, operated by Republic Airways on January 31st. The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority and our team is looking into the issue.”
Per Fox News, Williams said she was contacted by American Airlines after the footage went viral.
“I tried to talk to them via email and I sent them the video in its entirety and tried to let them know that this was not okay and they basically gave me that same statement like 'we try to train our employees to do X, Y and Z' and that clearly didn't happen,” Williams said.