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The man’s MacBook Pro was destroyed by the reclining front passenger on the Delta flight

The reclining debate was rekindled on Twitter after an airline passenger posted an image of a broken laptop that was damaged when the person in front of him fell into the seat.

Pat Cassidy’s MacBook Pro laptop screen, which had been opened on his tray table, was left damaged when the person facing a Delta flight leaned back without warning.

Cassidy had hidden the top of her laptop screen under the grove of the tray table, trapping it between the chair and the table as the seat moved backward.

By posting a photo of the blackened screen on Twitter, he said, “a small note to the suggestion box, perhaps it has a small warning sign or somehow to prevent my laptop from being destroyed when the person in front of me reclines on the seat.”

He added that the flight attendant seemed more concerned about the front passenger than his broken laptop. “I really appreciate that your flight attendant came to tell me that the passenger in front of me” must be able to recline “and then asked him” if he was okay? “As if your place hadn’t ruined my livelihood.”

Since then, the tweet has attracted hundreds of comments and retweets, not all positive.

“Crash mode fast recliners are THE worst people,” wrote one user, while another added, “Nobody should be allowed to recline on a plane. It just causes trouble.”

However, the image left many people in doubt as to whether the airline was responsible for the damage. “Pretty easy to tell if a computer jam occurs below that will happen,” said one user. Another added: “Am I the only one who thinks it isn’t the airline’s fault? You have hidden the screen in the tray storage area. Frankly, it is not surprising that this happens. “

After filing an official complaint with Delta, Cassidy revealed that the airline stated that damage to personal property during the flight is non-refundable, but offered him 7,500 bonus miles as a gesture of goodwill, the equivalent of $ 75. (Dh275).

This is not the first time that reclining has sparked online debate in the past few weeks. In February, a video of a man punching another passenger’s seat when he chose to put it back in place went viral, leaving Twitter users divided over who was right.

Wendi Williams was flying American Airlines from New Orleans to Charlotte when he started filming his travel companion. The video didn’t stop him from giving his chair a boost.

“He was angry that I reclined and punched him about nine times – HARD, at that point I started filming him and resigned from this behavior,” Williams said of the incident on Twitter during the publication of the video.

“I was returning from a teachers convention. The man asked me, with attitude, to get up because he was eating. I did it,” Williams explained in a separate Tweet.

“Then I laid him down again when he finished. At that point, he started pounding on me. That was when I started making videos and tried to call the flight attendant.”

Answers to Williams have been divided, to say the least. With the loudest cries that seemed to be siding with the male passenger.

“Reclining a seat when flying by bus is literally the most selfish and thoughtless thing a person can do. It literally ruins the travel experience of the person sitting behind you. You are just as bad if not worse [than] him, “replied a Twitter user.

“Why were you so reckless? Reclining airline seats is a tough move. I admire its ability to recover. Why share this video when it puts you in such a bad situation?” said another.

While some were on Williams’ side.

“I’m 6’2”, I travel extensively and always pay for the extra legroom. This guy is wrong, it’s an assault. All the people who tweet “you should have asked to recline before” – I’ve never seen anyone ask if it’s okay. This is why I don’t even fly anymore, “said one supporter. While another added:” This behavior is not acceptable, without excuses. “

Updated: March 2, 2020 2:30 PM

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