2 passengers detained at Austin airport after fight over reclined seat

AUSTIN, Texas — Two passengers on an American Airlines flight were detained Sunday after getting into a fight following a dispute over a reclined seat.

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Police were called to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport around 4:21 p.m. about the passengers, who were seen in a video aboard the plane physically fighting each other over a seat that was left in the recline position, KEYE reported.

“When the plane finally landed in Austin and the seatbelt sign was turned off, both men jumped up and physically started fighting each other,” a witness told KEYE.

Other passengers and crew tried to intervene. Officers later arrived and took the men into custody.

American Airlines confirmed to KEYE that there was a fight between passengers on American Eagle flight 4698 from New Orleans to Austin.

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