A couple having sex on a flight (TWITTER)
A businessman from the city of Durban in South Africa, complained that he witnessed a sexual act on a domestic flight of the Sfair airline.
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, even felt that his complaint was not being taken seriously.
According to him, on the flight held last Monday from Johannesburg to Durban, he was sitting in the aisle seat in row 16, when at one point the passenger sitting next to him reached out her hand towards her partner's groin.
"Long story short, she b... while the plane was on the runway waiting for clearance to take off. For safety reasons, I couldn't leave my seat. I had to hear them kiss and laugh for about five minutes, while I was aware of what was going on. This continued even as the plane took off. .. I felt nauseous."
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Documentation in which the man on the flight is seen loosening his pants before the act (photo: screenshot, news24.com)
The pilot who laughed
The man recorded the incident on video to show it to the flight crew.
"As soon as it was possible to leave the seat, I got up and ran to the back of the plane to inform the flight attendants and show them the videos I took, to prove that it actually happened."
Later, the man also sent a complaint to the airline via email.
And so he wrote: "I am horrified by the fact that such an event has such little effect on those involved. Are there no consequences for such acts in the skies of South Africa?"
Later in the email, he detailed the actions he took to find relief for his distress: "The first person I spoke to was a pilot (who was in the passenger cabin). He saw the video, laughed and said he was off duty and I should talk to the flight attendants. Then I talked about a flight attendant who saw the video and called a senior crew member. The flight attendant immediately apologized. I asked for a new seat and was immediately given one. They said they spoke to the two passengers involved, and also mentioned it to the pilot. But that's all that happened. I'm shocked.
He further added that "I expected that after landing they would leave them on the plane or call the police after the other passengers got off. But nothing happened. They were free to continue on their way like everyone else. Now I am scarred (mentally) because of this incident."
He further added that there was a group of schoolchildren on the plane, and he is concerned about the expected consequences of such an act if a child had been sitting in their place.
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The pilot saw the video, laughed and said he was off duty.
A Spear company plane (Photo: ShutterStock)
The couple will no longer fly with the airline
The News24 website reports that attorney Chris Christodoulou, who specializes in the field of aviation, explains that the act recorded on the plane can be linked to Section 11 of the Civil Aviation Law, which deals with "nuisance, disorder or indecent act on the plane", which makes the matter a criminal offense and even may endanger the safety and security of the passengers and the aircraft itself. Whoever is found guilty of this, is sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for a period of up to six months or both. The lawyer further stated that the pilot could have requested the arrest
of the two upon landing and even diverted the plane from its route , to land at a nearby airport and arrest the couple. In such a case, the two passengers would have been responsible for the costs of rerouting the flight. "This is a serious offense that could have caused a violent dispute on the plane in the event that one of the passengers had confronted the couple, which could have endangered other passengers." , Christodello explained.
"I'm shocked. I'm angry that nothing was done."
Illustration (photo: ShutterStock)
"It's worse than smoking on a flight"
Kirby Gordon, spokesman for the Speyer company, said that Benny Bazog was banned from flying with the airline in the future.
"We will not be happy to welcome them again on our flights."
Oh Agam agreed with the lawyer's claim and noted that "the captain could certainly have called the police on the landing if he believed that the safety of the passengers was in doubt. There is discretion regarding the possibility of imposing fines."
According to him, the businessman can act to file criminal charges against the two.
"I am ready to support his case with all the information required for that purpose as soon as the authorities ask me to do so."
He also noted that sexual activity on flights is an unusual matter and "people are usually very decent on flights".
The businessman responded by telling reporters that it was not his responsibility to file the complaint.
"How am I supposed to go to the police station and open a case against people without knowing their names or their social security number? The airline takes a 'we don't care' attitude. I feel they can take more responsibility. I would smoke on the flight, they would stop me And it's much worse than smoking."