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Why didn’t crew restrain in-flight masturbator?

May 4, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Cabin crew caught a passenger in first class openly masturbating on a flight last year but then left him unattended and able to stalk the plane and assault a female passenger in economy class, according to a lawyer representing the alleged victim.

The female complainant is considering a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines, her lawyer told Detroit Free Press.

The complainant alleges she was seated in a window seat on a Delta flight last July after attending her daughter’s cheerleading contest on South Carolina. A man then sat next to her, touched her thigh and, ignoring her pleas to stop, placed his hand or fingers under her shorts, according to the federal prosecutor’s sentencing memo in US District Court in Detroit.

A sentencing judgement cited by the paper stated that a 41-year-old man was sentenced last month to a week’s imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of “simple assault, inappropriate touching”.

The man had been seated in first class. No sooner had the plane taken off, than the man was allegedly sighted masturbating with his genitals exposed. A flight attendant said the behaviour began early, certainly within 40 minutes of take-off, according to the prosecutor’s memo.

The plaintiff’s lawyer says that although the pilot notified police at the destination about the in-flight behaviour, cabin crew did not confine the masturbator to his seat, guard or watch him.

“Rather than telling anybody, they allow this predator to ‘move to the back of the airplane and assault a passenger’”, the lawyer said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

As the flight was coming in to land, the alleged groper is said to have returned to his seat – only to re-commence masturbating until being arrested on landing and interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

A lawsuit is said to be pending.

The alleged incident follows a series of disturbing events on US domestic fights.

Over the past couple of weeks, a doctor was dragged from his seat on a United flight (a lawsuit over that has been settled out of court); a woman with a baby was apparently bumped, pushed or knocked by an American Airlines flight attendant (who then almost got into a fight with a male passenger); and a man was ordered off a Delta flight for quickly visiting the toilet as the plane was on the tarmac in a lengthy take-off queue.

Written by Peter Needham

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