According to this article, on April 15th while flying from London to San Francisco onboard British Airways flight #285, a passenger awoke from a nap to a horrible scenario. One that is both shocking and disturbing.
Apparently, the victim was seated in front of the galley in the last row of coach in the cabin section, row 37, while the perpetrator was seated the row in front in row 36. The FBI reported that the following ensued:
“positioned himself in the gap behind row 37 and in front of the bulkhead”
“While in that gap, Pochampally inserted his hand, palm-side down, into the shirt of the sleeping female passenger…underneath the passenger’s shirt and undergarments for approximately four to five minutes, making skin-to-skin contact in the breast and upper chest area”
When the victim awoke, Pochampally–who was reportedly intoxicated–quickly removed his hand from her shirt and ran away down the plane’s aisle
You can read the full affidavit here.
This is quite disturbing and raises some questions. How do you protect yourself from falling into this situation while onboard a long flight?
How should crews handle situations like this? The accused appears to have been simply “moved” to another seat for the remainder of the flight before being apprehended upon landing.