Man ejaculates on passenger during flight

This is beyond inappropriate:

"A 21-year-old Harris County woman filed a $200,000 lawsuit against American Airlines alleging employees on a flight to Los Angeles from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport failed to protect her while she slept from another passenger who masturbated to her and ejaculated in her hair, according to a lawsuit she filed last week in Tarrant County." (read the full article here)

How traumatizing for the young woman. We are all so vulnerable when we are asleep and it was terrible of that man to take advantage of her. That said, I’m not quite sure what others could have necessarily done to "protect her" while she slept. There are many passengers on most planes and few flight attendants - they can’t possibly memorize who is sitting where and thus who has changed seats. It is likely that this man was not masturbating to be seen by others, but was masturbating for his own internal pleasure – and thus likely concealing it well from everyone around him (including the flight attendants).

A few years ago I was on a flight with someone, and we noticed that the college-aged guy sitting in our row was almost certainly masturbating (yes, to completion) during an in-flight movie. I know another man who has admittedly masturbated on a plane (while a female passenger watched; something the two of them decided to do on their long flight, even though they had just met on the flight). Has anyone else ever noticed or suspected similar behavior? If so, what did you do in response, if anything?

Thanks to reader M. and to reader J. for the heads up on this article.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • http://www.ramahughes.com/ rama

    this might be a weird post to which to leave this comment but:

    in your wide and varied travels, have you ever come across a comic book called True Porn?

    the man and woman who shared a consensual… ahem, moment on the airplane reminded of it.

  • http://www.ramahughes.com rama

    this might be a weird post to which to leave this comment but:

    in your wide and varied travels, have you ever come across a comic book called True Porn?

    the man and woman who shared a consensual… ahem, moment on the airplane reminded of it.