One reader said that because of her body type, if the passenger in front of her reclines their seat, she loses the ability to use the tray table to work while flying.
The man is "the person who made the worst decision", Orr said, but the woman could also have handled the dilemma better by talking to the man before she put her seat back. Williams caught the whole encounter on camera.
Williams says he started doing this after she reclined her seat.
When Williams reached out to a flight attendant, Williams reports that the flight attendant reprimanded her, and offered the rear passenger some complimentary rum, a pirate's beverage of choice.
None of those warnings described what went down on the commercial flight from New Orleans to Charlotte on January 31.
Republic Airways emailed a almost identical statement. She also says she had an existing neck and spinal condition that has needed further treatment since the incident.
The scenario restarted the endless debate over whether it's proper etiquette for a passenger to recline his or her seat during the flight, especially in the more cramped economy seating.
People on the other side saw a privileged white male bullying a woman.
'She came over huffy and she came over and I said, "he's hitting me repeatedly like a child" and she was like, "oh it is tight back here"'.
The idea that some people think it's common knowledge that we're not supposed to recline our seats says a lot more about the terrible reality of travel and society than we might like. "It's scary bc it's this the kind of injury that could do it in", she said.
Of course people should still be polite. "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 behaviour", Williams tweeted alongside the 45-second video, which has been viewed more than 332,000 times.
I'm not saying that means you should recline or that it's the ethical thing to do (personally, I don't) but they can and people do and it's just how it is. Williams tweeted. "She told me I had to delete the video!" For some, this showed that he still had sufficient room.
Williams said an American Airlines staff member directed her to the Federal Bureau of Investigation if she wanted to make a formal complaint, but she maintains responsibility lies with the airline, not law enforcement.
The true villain in this tale may just be the airline.
The flight was operated by American Eagle, a subsidiary of American Airlines. "It always boils down to a lack of good design".
Airline passengers are entitled to "fly rights", outlined by the US Department of Transportation, when they buy a plane ticket.
The document outlined three major offenses prohibited by law and explained authorities are allowed to forcibly remove any individual who is caught "threatening, intimidating or interfering with a Crewmember", "smoking on a non-smoking flight or in the lavatory", and "drinking alcoholic beverages not served by a Crewmember or creating an alcoholic-related disturbance".