Man Filmed Punching Woman's Seat In Mid-Flight Tantrum Because She Reclined It

An American Airlines passenger has been told to take her complaint to the FBI rather than the carrier after a man was filmed repeatedly punching her seat.

The incident occurred after Wendi Williams reclined her chair on a flight from New Orleans to North Carolina.

It appeared the man behind her wasn't too happy because he started repeatedly striking the back of Williams' seat.

To make matters worse, Williams claims American Airlines apologised but didn't take responsibility.

A video of the encounter was posted to Twitter which shows the male passenger punching the back of Williams' chair multiple times, causing her to jerk forward in her seat.

Williams said the "unhinged jerk" thumped her chair nine times "hard" before she started filming his tantrum.

She then claims one of the crew members rolled their eyes at her after she made a complaint before handing the alleged offender a complimentary rum.

According to Wendi, she was happy to put her set back up while the man ate his meal but after reclining it again, she says he then launched his alleged attack.

It appears the man was seated in the back row of the plane, meaning he could not recline his seat as far.

Even the airlines hostess said "it's tight back there", according to Williams.

In a Twitter thread Williams explained how she is "in pain" and has been suffering headaches since the incident.

Image: Twitter

She was travelling from New Orleans to Charlotte in North Carolina on a two-hour American Eagle flight, a subsidiary of American Airlines, Fox News reported.

“I was contacted via phone by American [Airlines], they apologised but really didn’t accept any responsibility for the flight attendant’s actions,” she said on Twitter.

“I will be calling the FBI to press charges against the man who mistook me for a punching bag. Anyone who doesn’t like it, I don’t care.”

She said if she hadn't recorded the incident no one would have believed her.

American Airlines has since released a statement responding to the incident.

“We are aware of a customer dispute that transpired on American Eagle flight 4392, operated by Republic Airways on January 31. The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority, and our team is looking into the issue,” a spokesperson told Fox News.

"The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority, and our team is looking into the issue."