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Woman Claims She Was Assaulted on American Airlines Flight

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The airline seat wars are back.

A recent American Airlines passenger is saying that she was “assaulted” by a male passenger when she reclined her seat.

According to a report on Fox News, Wendi Williams, who was flying on an American Eagle flight from New Orleans to Charlotte, North Carolina, claims that a man seated behind her continued to punch the top of her seat when she reclined. She also says that employees and the carrier failed to act to prevent the man from continuing to hit her seat.

Williams shared her story, as well as video footage, on Twitter.

Williams, who said she was traveling back from a teachers’ convention, said that the man asked her to put her seat up so that he could eat, which she says that she did. Then she reclined again when he was finished. It was at that time he started “hammering away” at her.

Williams told the flight attendant who sympathized with the man, seated in the back row of the aircraft, saying that it was “tight back there” and gave him a complimentary cocktail.

Williams then says that she was scolded for recording the incident and received a passenger disturbance notice.

“It was scary and very painful” Williams said, she also says that she lost time at work, had to visit a doctor, receive X-rays and has suffered headaches because of the incident.

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

Not everyone on Twitter sympathized with Williams’ plight. In fact, many were skeptical of her version of events and said it was unfair that she would recline her seat against the man’s wishes—among other things.

Watch the video and judge for yourself.

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American Airlines Offering Roundtrip Fares as Low as $32

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Granted, there are very few people taking to the air these days in the wake of the devastating global spread of the coronavirus.

But American Airlines, for whatever reason, is offering one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime deals.

As first reported by One Mile At A Time, American has a fare through the month of April where you can fly from Miami to Los Angeles for $16 each way.

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Yep, that’s right – $32 roundtrip to go coast to coast.

No doubt it’s one of the most eye-catching, startling fares ever offered, even better than when some airlines run a buy one/get one special. Not that we didn’t believe One Mile At A Time, one of the most well-respected and well-read aviation blogs out there, but we had to see this for ourselves.

Sure enough, when TravelPulse checked it out on Sunday, the fare had increased.

By eight whole dollars.

Choosing random dates and leaving Miami International Airport for Los Angeles International on April 22 and returning April 29, the fare for basic economy was $40 roundtrip. Want a better seat? Main cabin fares were just $96 roundtrip. (Forget about first class. You didn’t think American was that generous, did you? Those fares were $854 roundtrip.)

For the month of May, again choosing random dates and leaving Miami on May 13 and returning May 20, we found basic economy roundtrip fares for $56 and main cabin for $121.

So who’s going to take a flyer on these fares while the virus is still raging?

Certainly, there will be some folks, especially those that might absolutely need to travel more immediately. Or, you might have the gamblers out there who will take the chance that the pandemic and the restrictions will come to an end sooner than later, making the purchase of a May flight seem like a steal.

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