Man faces up to 20 years' jail for fight over reclining plane seat
A man risks up to 20 years in a US prison for losing his cool when a passenger reclined a seat on a flight from Miami to Paris.
Edmond Alexandre, 60, was charged in a federal court on Thursday for interfering with crew members.
His actions forced the diversion of the Aug 27 flight to Boston.
About two hours into the American Airlines flight, Alexandre allegedly argued with the person seated in front of him.
That passenger wanted to recline the seat in the cramped confines of economy class.
Chased down the aisle
When a crew member intervened, Alexandre allegedly chased the attendant down the aisle and grabbed his arm.
Alexandre was handcuffed by marshals, and the pilot diverted the plane to Boston’s Logan International Airport where the Haitian man was arrested.
The crime is punishable under US law by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and three years supervised release.
Alexandre is expected to receive a lighter sentence if found guilty.