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Despite fights over reclining seats, unruly-passenger reports drop
Despite fights over reclining seats, unruly-passenger reports drop

Three commercial flights were diverted in the span of nine days recently because of passenger squabbles over reclining seats, prompting the question: Has shrinking legroom pushed fliers to their breaking point? But if more passengers are having meltdowns over airline service, federal statistics do not show it. The number of “unruly passengers” cited with interfering with the duties of a crew member have declined over the past decade, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Passengers cited for interfering with a crew member can face criminal charges with a sentence of up to 20 years in prison or fines of up to $25,000, depending on the severity of the...

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