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Flight diverted to Jacksonville after another reclining seat dispute

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Flight diverted to Jacksonville after another reclining seat dispute

By Mina Abgoon. CREATED Sep 2, 2014
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It’s the third reclining seat dispute in just over a week to cause a diverted flight.

In the latest incident, which occurred Monday, Delta Airlines flight 2370 bound for Palm Beach, Florida, from New York's LaGuardia Airport was forced to make a landing in Jacksonville, Florida, “due to safety reasons in regad to a passenger issue," an airline spokesperson said.
Though the airline didn’t elaborate, onboard witness Aaron Klipin told Jacksonville’s WJXT TV-4 about the argument that started it all.
"This woman sitting next to me knitting tried reclining her seat back," he said. "The woman behind her started screaming and swearing. The flight attendant came over and that exacerbated what was going on. ... She started swearing at the flight attendants and demanding the flight land," said Klipin.
One flight attendant told police the unruly passenger told him to, "Eat (expletive) and die," WJXT reports.
The passenger who started the disruption, later defined as 32-year-old Amy Fine of Boca Raton, Florida, was apparently trying to sleep on her tray table when she was hit on the head by the reclining seat in front of her.
According to WJXT, Fine told officers that she was emotional due to the death of her two dogs.
"Airport officials said they consulted with the FBI, then Fine was released and allowed to board a different flight," WJXT reports.
This incident comes just days after two other reclining seat arguments between passengers that caused forced landings. An Amercan Airlines flight diverted to Boston and a United Airlines flight diverted to Chicago.
Mina Abgoon

Mina Abgoon

Mina Abgoon, a Vegas-based journalist, is a digital editor with Scripps' national content team.