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People Engaged in Mid-Flight Blowjob Probably Won’t Be Brought Up on Charges

Two people on a Delta Airlines flight were caught in the middle of an oral sex act while in their seats will likely not be facing criminal charges. Instead, the 48-year-old woman and 28-year-old man could be paying $800 fines each.

Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning said,

It’s going to be very hard to find that this is criminal conduct under the federal code because it’s not a threat to the safety of the airline or other passengers.

Henning later added,

It’s certainly distasteful, but it was not disruptive or interfering with the operation of the plane — and that’s typically what (airline incident) charges involve. The embarrassment is probably the biggest punishment they can receive.

The individuals involved had reportedly not known each other prior to the flight. Can you imagine how that conversation must’ve gone? “Hey, I don’t know you and you don’t know me but you wanna blow me real quick?” “Sure! Sounds good to me!” After the plane landed in Detroit, they were both taken into custody, according to airport spokesperson Erica Donerson. From there, the case was taken over by the FBI.

Donerson said,

The FBI issued the citations, so they are handling the case. All I know is that (the FBI) responded and took it from there. … We have a police report, so I’m assuming something happened.

Andy Arena, a former FBI agent in the Detroit area said, “I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s criminal stupidity, felony stupidity.” Arena said that, while he ran Detroit’s FBI office, he had been presented with cases of criminal misbehavior on planes, they usually involved men who had sexually assaulted women or children. He indicated that the most drastic case he had ever seen was that of an “underwear bomber” named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound plane using explosives in his underwear on Christmas on 2009. Abdulmutallab is currently serving a life sentence.

The two people from the Delta flight are not completely out of the woods yet. Criminal charges can still be brought against them if testimonies by other passengers indicate that the two were disruptive to the point of disturbing other people. Arena compared it to charges that would be brought up had the two people committed the act in the city itself, saying, “If this happened on the streets of Detroit and the cops rolled up, what would they do?”

Tim Wiley, an FBI spokesperson, did not comment on the investigation, but indicated that the FBI investigates crimes which take place aboard airplanes “once the boarding door closes, regardless of severity.”

This must’ve been a lot of fun for the FBI to deal with.

[via USA Today]

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