How Reclining an Airplane Seat Gave One Passenger Whiplash and Another a $400 Fine
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How Reclining an Airplane Seat Gave One Passenger Whiplash and Another a $400 Fine

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Last week, airplane seat recliners around the world found (theoretical) justice when Shane Mathew Diedrichs—a 38-year-old traveler who decided to pick a fight with another traveler last November—was given a $400 fine in court for his mid-flight actions. According to a write-up on Mashable, Diedrichs was on a Virgin Australia flight from Wellington to Brisbane when he received a rude response after asking the person in front of his to move his seat up. The crime: pushing, kneeing, and kicking a fellow passenger's seat so vigorously the person complained of having whiplash.

Moral of the story: Sometimes it's easier (and cheaper) to just let the person recline.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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