Florida Flight Diverted Over Legroom Fight

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Sep. 03, 2014

As I’ve stated before when an airline incident occurs,there are really just three major rules to follow so you don’t get your flight diverted or end up with an air marshal’s boot up your sphincter:

  1. Sit down.
  2. Buckle Your Seat Belt
  3. Shut the fuck up.

It’s that simple. Maybe back in the day you could get liquored up and pick a fight on Pan Am, maybe even score with a flight attendant and no one would care. However, post 9/11, these are the rules; we don’t care that you’re having a bad day, you’re off your meds, or you are just a cantankerous old coot. Shut your damn mouth on the airplane and everyone will get from point A to point B just fine. Yet again, this has proven to be way too many rules to follow for some of the wonderful humans that we share this planet with.

Another airplane has been diverted from its original flight plan due to passengers failing to sit down and / or shut the fuck up. In the wake of last week’s Knee Defender incident a Florida woman, Amy Fine on a Delta flight from New York to West Palm Beach lost her mind when the old woman in front of her reclined her seat. Apparently the seat hit Fine in the head who had been resting on her tray table. That’s when the in-flight show began.

Fine started arguing with the woman, telling her to put her seat back up. When flight attendants tried to calm her down, she demanded that they land the plane. A witness told the local news “She said something to the effect of, 'I don't care about the consequences. Put this plane down now.'"

Well isn’t that just special? Instead of dealing with a reclining old lady for a few hours, she decided to screw everyone and land the whole plane! The captain decided to divert course and land in Jacksonville to remove the crazy passenger. She later told cops she was emotional since her dog died. I bet her dog killed himself; sort of his version of “landing the plane now.” (Really? Thinking about writing an angry comment? Did you know the dog?) Fine was dropped off by local authorities at the Jacksonville airport rental car area; her intended destination West Palm Beach is a four hour drive. The other passengers arrived an hour and a half behind schedule. Things could always be worse. Just pray you don’t have this lady on your flight:

Is this a case where the Knee Defender would have come in handy? In case you missed it last week a man on a United flight from Newark to Denver got the plane diverted to Chicago when he used the twenty dollar device which prevents the person in front of you from reclining their seat.

For some reason, this caused the women in the seat in front of him to become upset. The flight crew intervened and the man refused to remove the Knee Defender from the seat, so the woman threw water in his face. Both were taken into custody in Chicago before the flight continued to Denver. Who was right here? Should Knee Defenders be allowed on airplanes to avoid incidents like the Florida lady freaking out? Or should everyone just deal?

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MasterGeek User

She wants off..... Let her off! No need to land.... 

Oscuradinoda User

Sorry the woman needed someone to punch her out God your  my savior

depova User

The seat should recline by the base sliding forward.  This way it's your legroom that is sacrificed instead of the person's behind you.  Either that or remove the feature all together.  It was put in back when they had like 5 less rows of seats in the same space.

whatinitheworld User

Air travelling should be a privilege, not a right. Take a shower and dress normally, don't get on your stupid PJ's, it is a public place, not your living room or Walmart

danman1 User

This is stupid. Get over yourself all the seat reclines duh is there anyone on this planet who does not know this? This girl should be in jail for a month and maybe next time she wont feel so self entitled.  Plus that little "knee defender" wont stop me reclining my seat just so you know. Might break your table but not my seat :)

purfusdotcom User

Holy shit.  It reclines like 3 inches.  First world problems huh...

Needles_Malloy User

I often jump on top of the beverage cart and surf the aisle all while loudly singing surf music.

Felterup User

I'm 6'7" (201cm) and  I had an aisle seat. The flight attendant told me I could not have my leg in the aisle because people could not move. This meant that my knees were locked into the seat in front of me and I could not even put my table down let alone allow the woman in front of me recline. The only airline that took note of tall people and asked them if they would like to move to an emergency aisle was Air France. Others make you pay extra for a couple of inches of leg room.

spreckles User

I believe knee defender is being outlawed by most airlines.  If you are tall and you don't want the person in front of you to recline.  Better pony up and go first class.

Pinefang User

The seat is designed to recline and I expect it to recline when I purchase my ticket. If someone installs an alien device that modifies the aircraft in anyway then they should have to remove it. If the seats are too close for the passengers to enjoy the comfort of not having their knees hit by a reclining seat then they need to increase the distance between the seats. Come on they are ripping everyone off already with all the fees they are charging how about a little give back.

Ontarioguy User

Just a little schizzy. No sweat, just handcuff her and relax. Shit happens.

grandiloquent User

an airplane is a communal area.  anything you do to prevent equal use of everything is a no-no.

kingdomofnothing User

Knitting granny vs crazy woman who lost her dogs FIGHT!!!!

Lisa-Zehr-881 User

@purfusdotcom When you're 6'4", like my husband, that 3" is the difference between you being a jerk and  reclining 3"  because you can and the person behind you having the circulation cut off to their lower legs. That's how DVTs form. 

DumbDuck User

@Felterup Then STFU and pay for more space if you need more space, same as fat people.   Not our fault your mom had a thing for black basketball players. 

danman1 User

@Felterup So pay for more legroom or do as this says and just shut the fk up about it already. Its really not that hard Just because you are tall doesn't mean you should get anything more than anyone else.  Boo hoo talk about a first world problem....

Felterup User

@spreckles WoW! talk about reverse segregation. You have to pay 10X more because of your genetic make up.

somethingCompletelyDifferent User

@Pinefang I'm 6'3" and I can fit into a plane seat just fine.  I do enjoy having just a little more room and being able to get up when I need to, so I make sure to get the aisle seat, even if it costs more than a seat on another flight without aisle seats.  If someone needs more room, they can pay more to get it with First Class or Economy Comfort, where offered.  But most airplane seats are big enough for most people to bear with it for a few hours.  If they added more legroom to all seats, there would be fewer seats.  Then a flight would cost more for everyone rather than just those who are willing to pay for the extra room.

Slayer420xSMmmoke User

@DumbDuck @Felterup Obviously your mom had a thing for her brother because you can't just pay for more space, they sell airline tickets with seat numbers and aisle letters. you can't pay for an extra foot of leg room.

danman1 User

@Mike-Emmons-39 @spreckles Pssst you know what he meant there Sherlock. Its already BANNED by most airlines and if you refuse to remove it you can get a nice $25,000 fine for it there buddy so have a nice day....

spreckles User

@Felterup Either that or you can accept the seats how they were designed to work.

UR-aDouche-na-JK User

@targetman @grandiloquent Are you an idiot - He's saying 'If your seat reclines, mine should too' - considering the tickets are of general seating.  You can't install a foreign object...  You really are a douchie