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Haitian National Indicted after Reclining-Seat Rage

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A passenger whose frustration with a reclining seat forced a Miami-Paris flight to divert to Boston has been indicted on charges of interfering with flight crew.

Edmond Alexandre, 60, took issue with the passenger in front of him when she reclined her seat on an American Airlines flight en route from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) on August 27. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced on October 10 that extra legroom would be the least of Alexandre’s worries. The Haitian national, who now lives in France, was indicted October 9 on charges of interfering with flight crew for his actions on the flight.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Alexandre began arguing with other passengers about the reclined seat roughly two hours into the flight. When a flight attendant intervened, Alexandre chased the crew member down the aisle and grabbed her arm. It was then that two undercover Federal Air Marshals on the flight restrained Alexandre and the aircraft diverted to Logan International Airport (BOS), where Alexandre was arrested.

Josh Hanye, Alexandre’s attorney, told AP that his client has several serious health issues including diabetes, which was not being treated properly at the time of the incident. Hanye contended that Alexandre’s illnesses contributed to his erratic behavior, stating “I think all that matters in what happened on the plane.”

If convicted, Alexandre could face up to 20 years in prison and three years of supervised release.

[Photo: WHDH]

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VaguelyAsian October 16, 2014

why are there two air marshals taking up space on the plane?