The flight, which was going from LaGuardia Airport in New York City to Palm Beach International in Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville after one of the passengers began to shout at the women sitting in front of her for tilting her seat, ABC News said.
It was reported that the upset passenger was trying to sleep by resting her head on the tray table in front when the passenger in front reclined her chair. When a flight attendant intervened to calm the two passengers down, the argument escalated and the upset passenger demanded the plane to be landed. It landed shortly after in Jacksonville. The passenger was questioned by the local police and she was released without charges.
Sources in the Association of Flight Attendants said disruptions in the cabin have increased recently and said shrinking seats, lack of overhead bin space and fuller flights were part of the problem.
This is the third incident of flight diversion inside two weeks
In the last week of August, air marshals had a tough time in calming down two passengers on board an American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris over reclining their seats. A French passenger reportedly got angry when the woman sitting in front of him refused to stop tilting the seat. He even grabbed the arm of a flight attendant when the latter tried to calm him down. The passenger was arrested after the flight was diverted to Boston and charged for interfering with the flight crew.