In what has to be one of the weirdest and most unpleasant travel experiences documented for a while, a man has been arrested in Los Angeles for touching himself inappropriately during a flight from New York.
The man was witnessed by a 17 year old female passenger who was sitting across the aisle from him. The passenger positioned his airline blanket so that his activity could not be seen by passengers on the other side of him. This may make you re think using an airline provided blanket on your next flight. She advised the cabin crew of the situation twice during the six hour flight. What is bizarre is that the airline crew were unable to stop the man, refused to move him and would not accommodate the request by the female passenger to move as there here were no empty seats in her class. This was despite the crew agreeing that the man’s behaviour was “disgusting“.
Her family informed law authorities upon arrival into Los Angeles. They arrested the man who pleaded guilty to the crime. The woman and and her family are suing United Airlines for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment. United Airlines released a statement saying, “The comfort and security of our customers is our top priority, and we will closely review this complaint when we receive it.”
Considering that passengers have been almost kicked off planes for T shirt slogans, why was this man left alone? Planes have been diverted because passengers have been singing too loudly! This has not been the first time, a passenger has behaved this way. Surely airlines have rules about on board lewd behaviour. Was it because the crew were too shocked and embarrassed or was it because the claimant was a young girl? I have also been surprised at the lack of empathy for the discomfort of the young passenger. This aint a joke.