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Flying Is Bad Enough, But Having To Deal With This On A Plane Is Horrifying

JANUARY 12, 2017  —  By Corinne Sanders

In July 2015, 57-year-old Chris Karadimas groped a woman seated next to him on a Delta Airlines flight from Athens, Greece, to New York City.

He is being charged with abusive sexual contact and simple assault for touching the woman's face and breasts, but he claims that his sleep apnea is to blame. He supposedly entered a "confused state of partial wakening" after taking Tylenol PM before the flight and drinking two glasses of Scotch, after which he says he fell asleep. His trial is set to begin on January 17, but he's asking the judge to let a sleep expert testify on his behalf to get him off the hook.

Unfortunately, this isn't the only (and definitely not the last) disturbing incident of sexual assault to happen during a flight.

In June 2016, 13-year-old Mackenzie Miller was forced to endure sexual assault at the hands of the man seated next to her. Despite her being a part of the American Airlines' unaccompanied minor program, It took over 30 minutes for flight attendants to notice.

That same month, 23-year-old Jesse Salas was arrested for forcibly kissing the 16-year-old girl next to him and repeatedly grabbing her thighs while she was sleeping on an Alaska Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon, to Anchorage, Alaska.

Yet another man took advantage of a sleeping woman by inappropriately touching her on an overnight Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in July 2016. He reportedly offered to buy her drinks to make up for it.

About two out of three incidents of sexual assault go unreported, and it isn't hard to see why. When Ariana Lenarsky reported that a man on her flight groped her leg as she walked by, she was shocked by what police said to her. Other victims have been treated the same way.

If you ever experience this or see it happening to somebody else during a flight, do your best to loudly say "no" so that others can hear and immediately alert the crew.

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You should also ask the crew to notify the pilot of the incident and request that law enforcement officers be waiting as soon as the plane lands. In addition, you should ask a flight attendant to record the name of the offender.

(via Daily Mail)

For more information about how to protect yourself on planes, click here. Don't forget to share this with everyone you know so they don't become victims of in-flight sexual assault.

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