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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Flying is on the Recline

Yes I did spell the heading right. It’s this article that I read that caused that heading.

It was a bit over the top by the Yanks in my opinion.

Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept an airliner when a fight broke out over a reclining seat.

The United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger objected to a fellow traveller putting his seat back.

What were they going to do? Shoot him through the window with  20mm cannon round? 

The Washington Post reported that the fight began not long after take-off when a passenger lowered his seat and a passenger behind him objected, inciting him to fury. A fist-fight broke out before a flight attendant and another passenger intervened. The pilot then decided to turn the plane around.

A United spokesman told the Washington Post that the pilot made that decision rather than carry on, being unsure of the scope of the problem.

Couldn't the pilot have just asked the cabin crew if they had it under control?

If I was the airline I would seriously be thinking of how to retire that pilot.

I see that there are  ethics to observe on seat reclining.


  1. Captain Haddock1 June 2011 at 19:55

    I have to say that I'm somewhat surprised that this incident (the fight, I mean) wasn't dealt with by the "Sky Marshalls" who normally travel aboard international US flights ..

  2. I can't blame the bloke complaining. It pisses me off when the ignorant get in the seat in front bangs his seat back. I've had an argument myself once, could have turned nasty. There just isn't enough room on planes for reclining seats and they should be banned.

  3. To send up two F16's and turn the plane round is a little over the top in my mind.

    Anon. Just to piss you off and make your piss boil. I fly business.

    However I agree there are some inconsiderate bastards on planes.

  4. Anon: "It pisses me off when the ignorant get in the seat in front bangs his seat back"

    I'm with you there brother. Once a fellow in the seat in front put his seat back so far that his head was practically in my lap.

    Then he had the gall to complain because the paper I was trying to read kept folding over and tickling his bald head.

    His complaint met with my very ill humored response.

    TFE: "I fly business."

    When I'm on business so do I, but when traveling with the family they are all in coach.


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