As if airplanes weren't gross and awful enough as it is, a New Jersey man was indicted Thursday for sexually abusing a woman who had fallen asleep next to him on a United Airlines flight from Phoenix to Newark. According to the CNN, a man named Bawer Aksal was detained on August 21 upon arriving in the lovely metropolis of Newark for allegedly groping a woman he was sitting next to on the plane. The U.S. District Attorney's office has provided an account with predictably creepy details:
While the plane was in the air, the woman — who did not know Aksal — fell asleep with a jacket across her legs. She awoke to find Aksal's hands inside her shirt and shorts as he asked her to kiss him.
Having some stranger's hand on your junk is probably the second worst thing to wake up to after falling asleep on a plane, just behind the captain telling everyone, "Um, you guys, the engines just shut off. I'm not really sure what the deal is..." The federal government has jurisdiction over all sexual assault cases that occur on American flights, which means that Aksal faces a maximum life-in-prison sentence, along with a $250,000 fine because the government is absolutely not fucking around when it comes to breaking the law on an airplane, which at least provides a modicum of reassurance to all those people who find themselves hurtling through the sky in a metal fuselage filled with strangers.
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