Reclining Knitter Raises Ire, Causes Plane to Be Diverted

woman escorted off plane after fight with knitterWhen I first saw this story, I thought it was a joke. But, apparently, it happened. A Delta flight from New York headed to West Palm Beach, Florida, made a stop in Jacksonville instead on Monday because of a fight that started over knitting. Sort of.

One woman, whose name is not given but who was described in some reports as an “older woman,” reclined her seat in order to make a little more room for her knitting.

The woman behind her, identified as Amy Fine, was apparently trying to take a nap on her tray table when the seat reclined. Her reaction was yelling and swearing.

According to a report from the guy sitting next to the knitter, when the flight attendant came over Fine said she wanted the plane to land.

Fine was met on the ground by police but not arrested. No word on what happened to the knitter.

Perhaps this is why you should always use circular needles while traveling? (Just kidding.)

Have you ever had a dramatic reaction to your knitting? I’d love to hear about it!

[Photo by Joanna Thatcher/ABC News from cell phone video of the woman being taken off the plane.]


  1. Linda G says

    No reaction to knitting but frankly, I wish they would not allow seats to recline. In this case, someone had their head on the tray (kind of odd), but with a 36″ inseam, I barely fit anyway and if you move your seat, my femur is shoved into my hip bone socket – and it hurts!

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