Seat spat diverts Paris-bound flight to Logan Airport

In the second case of its kind in less than a week, an airline flight was diverted after a dispute over someone reclining their seat, this time landing in Boston.

A flight bound for Paris from Miami was diverted to Logan International Airport Wednesday night when a passenger became enraged after the woman in front of him reclined her seat, officials said.


Edmund Alexandre, 61, of Paris, was arrested at the airport at about 9:40 p.m., said Nicole Morrell, a spokeswoman for State Police. Alexandre is facing federal and state charges of interfering with the crew on the American Airlines flight.

Alexandre became upset when the passenger in front of him reclined her seat, Suffolk prosecutors said in a statement. When a member of the flight crew attempted to calm him, Alexandre allegedly became even angrier, following the crewman down the plane’s aisle and grabbing him by the arm.

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An air marshal intervened and handcuffed Alexandre while the plane descended.

No one was injured, but Alexandre was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation and treatment for a pre-existing medical condition, State Police said in a statement.

Alexandre was arraigned Thursday at the hospital, where the judge imposed personal recognizance. Once released from the hospital, Alexandre will go to East Boston District Court for his next hearing on Dec. 29.


On Sunday, a dispute over a passenger reclining a seat on United Flight 1462 from Newark, N.J., to Denver led to the flight’s diversion to Chicago, the Associated Press reported.

Globe Correspondent Rachel Riley contributed to this report. Kiera Blessing can be reached at
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