http://www.marthastewardess.com/?p=1988In The News: More Passengers Behaving Badly, Two Separate Incidents
May 24, 2010 By Martha
N.J. Man is Charged With Sex Assault on Passenger on Continental flight from Hong Kong to Newark
Joe Ryan/Star Ledger
May 24, 2010 NEWARK- A Berkeley Heights man was charged in federal court in Newark today with sexually assaulting a woman who fell asleep in the seat beside him aboard a flight from Hong Kong to New Jersey, authorities said.
Ramesh Advani, 63, was arrested by the FBI after the overnight Continental Airlines flight landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, authorities said. He was released on $100,000 bail.
Authorities say Advani reached under the woman’s blanket and groped her after she fell asleep. Two passengers behind her kicked the woman’s seat, causing her to awake and alert flight attendants.
Advani is charged with abusive sexual contact. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said Zach Intrater, an assistant U.S. attorney.
Last year, a Roman Catholic priest who worked in Manville was sentenced to one year in federal prison for groping a 16-year-old girl in the dimmed cabin of a trans-Atlantic jet bound for Newark.
Texas Man Charged With Assaulting Flight Attendant
May 24, 2010 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with assaulting a flight attendant in a disturbance that led the captain to make an emergency return to Puerto Rico.
The FBI says 38-year-old Anthony David Watson of Fredericksburg, Texas, walked to the rear of the Delta Air Lines plane, suggested the attendant enter the lavatory with him and then punched her in the face when she yelled for help.
Monday’s statement says Watson also punched a passenger who intervened before he was restrained by passengers and handcuffed.
The scuffle came 20 minutes into an Atlanta-bound flight Friday.
The charge against Watson carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Bail was set at $100,000. It was not immediately clear whether he has a lawyer.
Texas Man Arrested For Hitting Delta Flight Attendant After Refusing Sexual Advances
May 24, 2010 By Martha
By Melissa Correa Velázquez, El Vocero – El Vocero de Puerto Rico
(Note: The original article was published in Spanish, and translated for this post.)
May 24, 2010 Federal authorities arrested a man, who aboard a Delta Airlines flight assaulted a flight attendant after she refused to have sex in the bathroom of the aircraft.
Anthony David Watson, 38, a resident of Texas, was traveling on Flight 424 of the Delta Airlines to Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Karen Lochte.
The accused was arrested last Friday at Luis Munoz Marin Airport. This was appearing before U.S. Magistrate Justo Arenas, who imposed a $ 100,000 bond.
According to an affidavit by an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), about 20 minutes later the plane took off, Watson went to the back of the ship where the staff prepares the drinks and asked the Doris Childress Linn stewardess if she needed help. He also said that she needed a break. The defendant asked him to come with him as he opened the bathroom door.
Childress, who felt intimidated because the defendant is 6 feet five inches, he said sit down. Childress tried to make an emergency call to the captain of an aircraft through your internal communication, but Watson took it out of hand.
Allegedly, Watson hit his face to face Childress and asked if he was afraid.
The stewardess asked for help from a teenager who was leaving the bathroom. Selwood Lashawn Young got scared and ran to the first class area and alerted other attendants of the situation.
When the teenager ran Childress began screaming for help.
“Watson then gave Childress a fist in the face and head. Childress fell to the floor and kept asking for help, “says the letter.
A former Marine identified as Jeremy Quinton Kahun saw when Watson hit the flight attendant in the face. Kahun Watson asked him to calm down and separated from Watson. Then, Watson Kahun hit in the face. Kahun tried to restrain the defendant until other passengers attended and monitored and placed under arrest with plastic handcuffs.
When interviewed by FBI agents, Watson admitted that since he arrived at the airport checked women to approach them and try to have sex with them. He acknowledged that when he saw Childress was attracted by this and decided to approach her and invite her to the bathroom. “Watson beat Childress admitted that after it refused to enter the toilet,” says the affidavit.
Jeffrey Alan Heath The pilot decided to return to San Juan because of the situation. The manager of Delta Airlines, Michael Luciano said the ship had to make an emergency landing because it was overweight. Also, Luciano said that this incident will cost approximately $ 150,000 Delta because they have to pay for the emergency landing and the additional inspection of the spacecraft by being overweight, as well as other expenses.