This is a bizarre case.  One of those that make you shake your head in disgust.  There are a lot of key points to this case.  First, is the shear fact that a man decided it was a good idea to masturbate on a 100% full airplane.  Assuming he is in a coherent state of mind because he apparently stops the act each time the young lady stop the flight attendant to complain.  That the, then 17 year old young lady, had to sit through the entire flight while the man continued the “act”.  That she was told there were no more seats in coach (were there seats in business or first-class?).  And finally, that the man was allowed to leave the plane unquestioned. 

So who is responsible for protecting the minor?  Should the airline be sued because of a passenger actions?  If there were not 1 seat open on the entire airplane, should you risk the safety of the teen and move her to the flight attendant’s jump seats?  If she was hurt because she was in that seat and not in a passenger seat should the airline be sued for that?  What are the consequences for the man?  He goes to jail like PeeWee Herman and goes on with life.  

While I do believe the flight attendants are the first line of defense in a life-threatening situation, besides telling the man to stop I’m not sure what else they could do.  I don’t think if you told the pilots they would stop the plane at the nearest airport.  He didn’t pose a grave risk to anyone.  He was just a sick pervert.  

I not a proponent of airlines, I am a proponent holding individuals accountable for their own actions.  Sue the guy that was pleasuring himself in front of the young lady.  Don’t sue the airline for not being able to shoot him for masturbating on their airplane.

 

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