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American Airlines passenger Wendi Williams speaks out about 'seat-punching' incident during row over reclining chair

American Airlines passenger Wendi Williams speaks out about 'seat-punching' incident during row over reclining chair

A woman at the centre of a viral video over a reclining seat says she is considering her legal options and could sue the airline or her fellow passenger.

Wendi Williams was on a US domestic flight in late January when she became embroiled in a row with the man behind her after she decided to recline her economy-class seat.

The man behind her - who couldn’t push his seat back because he was in a back row - retaliated and at one stage appeared to punch the headrest in front of him.

"I feel like it’s kind of a David and Goliath story with American Airlines because they’re this big company and I’m just a teacher," Williams told FOX Business.

She added the traveller sitting behind her “definitely needs to be prosecuted”.

Decide for yourself in the video above.

Reports suggest the man had asked Williams to sit upright while he ate. She reclined the seat 10 minutes later.

“He started full-on punching my seat, to where I was falling forward, flying forward, and he continued and I was trying to get the flight attendants’ attention, they were paying no mind,” she said.

“I just thought, ‘I have to deal with this on my own somehow' so I took out my phone and started videoing.”

Williams said the man was offered a cocktail by flight crew before being asked to delete the video which would go on to generate huge attention online.

She said she suffered whiplash in the incident.

A representative for company said “we are aware of a customer dispute that transpired on American Eagle flight 4392, operated by Republic Airways on January 31st.”

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

PASSENGER ON FLIGHT FILMS MAN PUNCHING HER RECLINED ECONOMY SEAT