Man fined $600 after mid-air row over plane passenger’s reclined seat

Now-regretful New Zealander lucky not to face assault charges, says magistrate, after passenger in front reported whiplash injuries from blow to headrest

A New Zealand man’s mid-air frustration over a passenger’s reclined seat has cost him a $600 fine and a lecture from a magistrate.

Shane Mathew Diedrichs was fined in the Brisbane magistrates court on Thursday for offensive and disorderly behaviour aboard a flight from Wellington to Brisbane in November.

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