if u lean back in your seat

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  1. stan
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    WASHINGTON -- An international flight was escorted back to Washington, D.C., by U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets after an argument between two passengers over a reclining seat erupted into a brawl, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday.
    According to sources, not long after the Ghana-bound United Airlines Boeing 767 -- with 144 passengers on board -- took off from Dulles International Airport at 10:44 p.m. local time Sunday, one passenger reclined his seat into the lap of the person behind.
    A fight broke out -- with one passenger striking the other in the head -- before a flight attendant and fellow passenger intervened.
    A United spokesman told the Post that the pilot was unsure of the extent of the in-flight incident and decided, for safety's sake, to go back to Dulles.
    As the plane returned, an air traffic controller asked about the passenger at the center of the disturbance, with pilots replying, "The passenger is not secured at this time; the passenger has settled down, though, but an assault has taken place, but at this time he is not secured."
    As a precaution, two F-16s were scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
    Air Force fighter jets have been held on standby to assist with such disturbances since September 11, 2001, and a rise in terrorist attempts on planes.
     
  2. jmrich1432
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    I guess Miss Manners had the right idea when she said proper plane etiquette dictates that you ask the person behind you before reclining your seat! Then again, that could start a fight too if you didn't get the right response!
     
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    How much do you think it cost to scramble two Air Force jets? For what? Sure, the pilot was busy flying but someone with a brain could have checked this out before calling for jet support - and to do what?

    I agree that with an assault, no matter how minor, it was not inappropriate to divert and return. But jets??!!

    The lesson? Fly Business or First! They only fight if they don't get the meal they want!
     
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    Sort of what I thought

    http://milepoint.com/forums/threads...stfight-between-passengers.12023/#post-512298
     
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    Also if their respective luggage is not precisely over the spot that they wanted it to be.
     
  7. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Certainly seems complete "overkill" - but hopefully it counts against the mandatory flying hours that each Air Force pilot presumably has to log each year anyway. Anyone know?
     
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    Well, after 9-11, the people who make these decisions are going to be thinking, "Better safe than sorry."

    This is part of the reason for fly-bys at sports events and the like. The pilots are going to have to fly anyway, and in that case, they may as well let some people go, "Ooh. Aah."
     
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    Ah, now I know where all of our taxpayers money go... For something like this a $200K+ operation involving fighter jets. Better be safe than sorry, but what a dough..
     

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