Drunken Flyer Molests Male Pax In Front Of His Wife
A drunken passenger on a HA
flight allegedly molested a male passenger in an adjoining seat – right in
front of the victim’s wife – and then went on to expose himself.
The astonishingly brazen
assault is alleged to have taken place on a flight from Hawaii to JFK. The New
York Post ran the story with the memorable headline: “Drunk perv got
trashed, then molested my husband mid-flight.”
According to a federal court
complaint, the suspect took an aisle seat on the HA flight and began drinking
heavily. He then began touching the chest, groin and belt of the man sitting
next to him in the middle seat. The victim’s wife, who was sitting in the
window seat, was horrified.
According to the federal
court complaint, “the [victim] asked the defendant what he was doing,” only for
the suspect to then remove his own trousers and begin masturbating.
“The passenger and his wife
both saw the defendant fully exposed, after which the passenger notified the
flight crew,” court papers state.
“Two members of the flight
crew responded; observed the defendant fully exposed with his pants off and
instructed him to put his clothing back on, which the defendant did,” according
to the complaint.
The suspect was arrested at
the airport, faced court shortly afterwards and was released on USD 25,000
Because the incident occurred
on a domestic flight on a U.S. airline, jurisdiction is clear and the
case should be reasonably easy to deal with. Incidents of outrageous
behaviour on international flights often pose jurisdictional challenges and
airport police have been known to free perpetrators of gross or dangerous acts