A Subway manager rubbed lotion all over a sleeping woman on a flight from Dubai to New York. On an Emirates flight from Dubai to Dar Es Salaam a passenger molested a flight attendant while taking a selfie.
United apparently placed some of the blame for a 15 year old allegedly being groped by an older man inflight on the girl’s short shorts.
A woman on a Las Vegas – Portland flight groped the breasts and genitals of another woman on the plane.
And all of these things happened this year.
But while not the single worst incident of the year (since it didn’t involve assault of a minor) I find this story perhaps the most surprising: A man gave up his business class seat in favor of a seat in the center section of coach flying Mumbai – Newark in order to grope a woman seated in economy once she fell asleep.
He was arrested after touchdown of Wednesday’s Air India flight AI191.
Prosecutors say the 40-year-old intentionally moved from his more expensive seat to sit beside the woman in an otherwise empty row in economy.
The woman awoke several times during the flight to find her blanket had been pulled down, they say.
She eventually woke up to find Parkar fondling her breast, according to police documents.
…’At some point during the flight, the victim fell asleep. Some period of time later and while the aircraft was still in flight flying towards the US, the victim awoke to find that a blanket that she had placed over her body had been removed.
…’A short while later, the victim woke up again, this time to find the blanket once again pulled down and defendant Parkar’s right hand inside of her shirt and on her left breast.’
Air India Boeing 777-200LR, Copyright: boarding1now / 123RF Stock Photo
The woman sought the assistance of the crew who ordered him to return to his business class seat. He kept asking to speak to the woman he had assaulted, but was told in no uncertain terms that he couldn’t. Instead he wrote two notes to her apologizing, saying in one that he “was stupid.”
He was stupid on so many level. Indeed, even before he committed the assault I’d be suspicious of anyone voluntarily downgrading themselves to economy on a Mumbai – Newark flight.
Some passengers would just be so much better off if they went to work for the TSA.