Second plane forced to land after onboard fight over reclining seat

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:50 PM ET

For the second time in a week, a plane was forced to land when a fight broke out onboard over a reclining seat.

A Wednesday-night American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris, France was forced to land in Boston when a passenger became angry after the seat infront of him reclined.

The 60-year-old French passenger grabbed the flight attendant who was trying to calm him, USA Today reports, before he was subdued by undercover U.S. air marshals. He was arrested after the plane landed at Boston's Logan Airport and was charged with interfering with flight crew members, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Earlier in the week, a United Airways flight was diverted when a woman threw a glass of water in the face of the man sitting behind her after he had used the Knee Defender device to block her from reclining her seat.

WHAT IS THE KNEE DEFENDER? Read our travel editor's blog on the device here

The man was asked to remove the device, which isn't prohibited by the Federal Aviation Authority, but refused. No charges were laid after this incident.

United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart said the airline doesn't allow such devices. QMI Agency spoke to representatives from Air Canada and WestJet, who also say the Knee Defender isn't permitted on their aircraft.


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