Southwest Airlines Returns To LAX After Alleged Violent Altercation Over Reclining Seats

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Oct. 19 2015, Updated 12:08 p.m. ET

Southwest Airlines used to say that you’re now free to move about the country, but it appears that you’re not free to move back your seat. Some passengers may not like it if you recline your seat on board the tight and cramped quarters.

A Southwest Airlines flight was forced to head back to LAX after a male passenger allegedly choked a woman during the flight because she was reclining her seat, according to witnesses. Flight 2010 was headed for San Francisco, but then turned around on late Sunday night because of an alleged violent altercation that took place 30 minutes into the flight.

According to a report via Yahoo News, there was a “rapidly escalating situation involving passengers who were not traveling together,” Southwest Airlines said in a statement.

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“Flight 2010, declaring an emergency,” the pilot was heard saying on to the passengers on the audio transmission that was obtained by NBC News. “Evidently we’ve got two passengers that are in a physical altercation.”

Another passenger on the Southwest Airlines flight took a video of the altercation that took place on board. The passenger, who wished to remain anonymous, shared the video with NBC Bay Area, although it hasn’t yet been released to the internet. The 15-second clip features a flight attendant and what appears to be a police officer talking to a woman in flip flops sitting in the front row. The police officer tells the woman that she will have to press charges for a misdemeanor.

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