Yep. Not once, not twice, but three times in the last seven days, a domestic flight has been diverted as a result of an onboard argument between a seat recliner and a legroom lover.
This time, lucky passengers on a Delta Airlines flight from New York City to Palm Beach, Florida got to spend part of their Labor Day holiday in Jacksonville after an altercation broke out early in the flight and the pilot was forced "stop the car until you kids stop fighting!" -- or something like that. It was the airline's second diversion caused by a legroom issue.
According to Aaron Kiplin, an unfortunate passenger caught in the middle of the mess, a woman who was knitting reclined her seat without noticing the woman behind her sleeping head down on the tray table (how is this comfortable?!).
The abruptly awoken 32-year-old Amy Caryn Fine (who was clearly not fine) from Boca Raton then allegedly lost her sh&t. "She started screaming and swearing", Kiplin said. "The flight attendant came over and that just exacerbated what was going on".
Fine reportedly said, "I don't care about the consequences. Put this plane down now". Despite the cabin crew's best efforts to settle the agitated Fine, passengers were informed the plane would be rerouted to Jacksonville -- proving that all you have to do to get a plane to land is to ask. Loudly.
After touching down in Jacksonville at around 9.30pm, Jacksonville Aviation Authority told NBC that Fine was removed from the aircraft and escorted to the rental car area, where she no doubt pissed off even more people.