Reclining airplane seat prompts debate after viral video

A woman filmed a man punching the back of her seat on an American Airlines flight and is now pressing charges.
1:30 | 02/17/20

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Transcript for Reclining airplane seat prompts debate after viral video
Back now with a new development in a viral video that has set off a debate about reclining your airplane seat. What happened on that American airlines flight? Here's Trevor Ault. Reporter: Tonight, the woman in this viral airplane video looking to press charges against the man in the seat behind her. Wendi Williams says when she leaned her seat back on an American airlines flight two weeks ago, the man repeatedly punched her seat even as he's being recorded. Williams is now accusing him of assault. If there's charges, it would be under FBI jurisdiction. So far the agency is not publicly commenting. Legal experts are divided on whether she has a case. But the video has set off a larger debate. Should you recline on an airplane? Delta's chief executive Ed Bastian weighing in on the issue even though it wasn't his airline. I think customers have the right to recline. But I think the proper thing to do is that you ask if it's okay. Reporter: Bastian taking heat from flyers pointing out that the inconvenience of a reclining seat could be tied to the fact that airplanes have become more cramped. The space between rows was once commonly 34 or 35 inches. It's since shrunk below 30 on some planes. I don't usually recline because I know it takes up space behind me. It's already stuffy on a plane. I think you have to have a little bit of space. Reporter: American airlines says they're aware of the incident and they say comfort and safety are the top priorities for their customers. Trevor, thank you. When we come back, the

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