Everywhere is a bad place to be groped, yet an airplane, somehow, is even worse.
During a United Airlines flight from New Jersey to Charlotte on Tuesday, one 73-year-old man decided to use turbulence as the reason his hand “fell” between his seat mate’s legs, according to Charlotte’s WSOC-TV. Sources told the station that the victim, who is in her 30s, alerted flight staff that the man next to her groped her, resulting in them being separated. Once the plane was grounded, police boarded and escorted the scumbag off the plane. The case is now being investigated by the FBI.
The man, who is from Lithuania, later told authorities his hand tumbled onto her lap due to turbulence; a truly bold example of magical thinking. As one passenger put it: “I’m sure a woman knows the difference between a hand hitting her versus being groped.”
Still, there is a silver lining in this nightmare of a story, and it’s that the woman’s claims were taken seriously. From the sound of it, she acted decisively, and steps were taken accordingly.