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It’s a Stitch up : The real reason behind a knitting air rage incident

Les Tricoteuses

18th Century french knitters: Watching the guillotines while they wait for airplanes to be invented.

Dahlings, what is up with the air rage these days. It is like a script to a bad horror movie where normal passive passengers go mad over the slightest things.

Hitting the chatternet was the story of a third flight diverted after a cat fight over reclining seat. From the WaPo story:

The unhappy passenger [..]had been trying to sleep with her head on the tray table [..]. “This woman sitting next to me, knitting, tried reclining her seat back, the woman behind her started screaming and swearing,” Klipin said. “The flight attendant came over and that exacerbated what was going on.”

The angry passenger, Klipin said, “demanded the flight land.”

According to ABC News, the passenger “said something to the effect of, ‘I don’t care about the consequences. Put this plane down now.’”

Amy Fine, 32, of Boca Raton, Fla., “was escorted off the plane, interviewed, then released,” according to WJXT, which cited the Jacksonville Aviation Authority police report. “Fine said she was hit on the head with the seat in front of her reclined, and they ‘did have words,’ but claims she was not disruptive,”[..]

I guess you are imagining a mild mannered old lady doing her knitting, quietly wanting to recline. She just need a cat resting on her to complete the tranquil picture.

Fiddlesticks !

Having seen many bad horror movies, I am more skeptical of the quiet one. J’accuse the old bat of being a Tricoteuse. A Tricowhat you say? “Tea at Trianion” blogspot describes them better than I could:

Les Tricoteuses were the women who sat around the guillotine, keeping track of the number of executions with their knitting. They embodied the Terror of the French Revolution, for they seemed to be drawn to the blood and the violence, so consumed were they by hatred. When women are out for blood, they can be more ruthless than men, and far more cruel. Most of les tricoteuses, “the knitters,” were simple and ignorant women, manipulated both by their own passions and by the leaders of the various factions. The manipulation was facilitated by famine, war and social chaos, all of which spiraled out of control amid the violence of the Revolution.

Call me a conspiracist, but I recon she knew Ms Amy Fine behind her was resting her head on that table. Once those evil knitting needles were in her hands, she was unable to resist temptation of history and attempted a dastardly guillotine maneuver by swiftly pressing the recline button.

While others are taken in by this tangled web that this ‘Madame Defarge’ is weaving, she cannot pull the wool over MY eyes.

Ciao for now, Cleo.


Previously Queen of Egypt and being romantically linked to both Julius Caesar and later Mark Antony, Cleo is master of social politics.. No stranger to courting scandal, Cleo is Roam’s commentator on society and travel. Her Unique 'BC' viewpoint and friends of everybody, Cleo brings a fresh 'AD' way of looking at travel that stodgy old travel media cannot bring.