Passenger indicted in dispute over reclined seat

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BOSTON (AP) — An airline passenger who became upset after a woman reclined the seat in front of him has been indicted in Massachusetts on a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew.

The U.S. attorney's office says Edmond Alexandre began to argue with other passengers over the reclined seat. It says when a crew member intervened Alexandre followed him down the aisle and grabbed his arm. Federal air marshals subdued him.

Alexandre is a Haitian national living in Paris. He's accused of interfering with crew members on a flight from Miami to Paris on Aug. 27 and was indicted Thursday. The flight was diverted to Boston.

Alexandre's lawyer, Josh Hanye, said Friday his 60-year-old client has serious health conditions including diabetes, which wasn't being properly treated at the time.