A British man has was detained upon arrival in London Heathrow for allegedly raping his seatmate in United Airlines Polaris business class.
Woman Alleges Man Raped Her In Business Class On United Airlines Flight To London
The incident allegedly took pace on Untied Airlines flight 14 from Newark (EWR) to London (LHR) on January 30, 2022. According to The Sun, which first broke the story:
- The two, both 40, did not know each other
- Prior to their flight, they met in the lounge in Newark
- A witness claimed both were drinking in the lounge and onboard
- The flight was operated by a Boeing 767-300 with Polaris business class seats onboard in a 1-1-1 configuration
- These business class suites do not have doors
- During the flight, the woman was allegedly raped
- It isn’t clear if this was in the cabin, in the lavatory, or elsewhere
- After the act, the “distraught” woman alerted the flight attendants
- The police were notified and met the aircraft upon arrival in Heathrow
- Police detained the man, took a DNA sample, fingerprints, and a mugshot, then released him
- Police then conducted a forensic search inside the cabin
United Airlines has not commented on the incident.
I don’t mean to go all sharia on you, but I support the death sentence for convicted violent rapists: that’s how serious I view such an act. There’s room to explore here whether there was any alcohol-fueled mutual consent or at least reasonable doubt, but as a general principle I place rapists just above murders and believe our solemn duty in pursuit of justice is to remove them from society and in egregious cases, do so permanently.
Not to derail this article on a debate over capital punishment, but rape represents a fundamental violation of human rights and as such, there can be no defense when one party does not consent. The situation is even worse in that it took place within a closed space on an airplane. If the woman’s allegations are true, there was nowhere for her to hide.
But let’s also recognize that the relatively open and very dense United business cabin makes the idea of rape much more difficult to imagine. I’ve flown this identical product enough to know there is not room for two people in a seat unless one is exclusively on top of the other. My generalizations about rape above are not indicative of any judgment concerning this particular case.
A man stands accused of rape onboard a United Airlines flight to London Heathrow. Police are now conducting their investigation. This story stands as a warning to be careful who share a drink with and that even the friendly confines of a business class cabin may not be fully safe space.
(H/T: One Mile At A Time)