- Passengers began to attack suspect after hearing women next to him shouting
- She is said to have woken up during the flight with fluids on her clothing
- But man claimed he suffered a coughing fit and ‘accidentally spat’ on her
A violent brawl erupted on a plane after a man allegedly performed a sex act on himself.
Passengers began to attack the suspect after hearing the women next to him shouting in panic.
She is said to have woken up with fluids on her clothing – with the 51-year-old claiming he suffered a coughing fit and ‘accidentally spat’ on her.
The alleged victim told Globo: ‘I fell asleep as soon as the plane took off. Half an hour later I woke up when the man beside me started pulling on my hand.
Passengers began to attack the suspect after hearing the women next to him shouting in panic during the Gol Airlines flight (stock photo)
‘To my horror I realised he was trying to put my hand on his genitals. I then realised my legs and lap were stained.’
He was later arrested after the Gol Airlines plane landed in Brasilia, central Brazil.
The incident happened 30 minutes into a three-and-a-half hour flight.
The suspect is said to have told police: ‘I spat during a coughing fit, and it hit the woman beside me. The woman became angry and started hitting out at me.’
The man was moved to a seat at the back of the aircraft and is now facing being banned for life from the airline’s flights.
The incident happened 30 minutes into a three-and-a-half hour flight (stock photo)
Gol Airlines said: ‘We strongly condemn the violence that occurred on Friday morning. We are looking for ways to ban the passenger.’
‘The crew acted immediately, immobilizing the aggressor and the captain informed federal police of the incident.
‘On landing, the aircraft’s doors were kept shut until officers arrived.’
The accused, who denies the charges against him, is expected to face judges in court.