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Reclined Seat Rage Forces American Airlines Flight To Divert To Boston

29/08/2014 10:21 BST | Updated 29/08/2014 10:59 BST
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Seats sit in the economy class cabin on board an American Airlines Group Inc. Boeing Co. 777-300ER aircraft at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, June 13, 2014. American Airlines inaugurated their Hong Kong-Dallas route this month. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A flight from Miami-to-Paris has been forced to divert to Boston after a violent outburst over a reclined seat, in at least the second such incident in the United States this week.

A passenger became upset after a woman reclined the seat in front of him on the American Airlines flight on Wednesday night, US officials said.

Passenger Edmund Alexandre continued to be disruptive when a flight crew member attempted to calm him, following the crewman down the aisle and grabbing his arm, authorities said. Two undercover federal air marshals on the flight then subdued Alexandre and handcuffed him, the US attorney's office said.

Flight Grounded After 'Knee Defender' Gadget Leads To Row

Massachusetts police arrested the Parisian when the diverted plane landed around 10pm. He was taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of pre-existing health issues.

Alexandre was charged with interfering with a flight crew and was arraigned at the hospital on Thursday. A judge approved his release from custody on his own recognizance until a December hearing. His attorney didn't return a telephone message seeking comment.

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Passenger Edmund Alexandre continued to be disruptive

In a separate incident on Sunday, a United Airlines flight diverted to Chicago after two passengers argued over reclining a seat. United said that a male passenger seated in Economy Plus - an area of the plane which boasts four inches of extra leg room - decided to use a 'Knee Defender' gadget so he could work on his computer.

The 'Knee Defender' is a small, $21.95 piece of plastic which attaches to your tray table, and is intended to stop the passenger in front reclining their seat.