02 January 2009

The Perils of Flying and Drink

Two recent cases have brought to the fore the problems of drinking and flying. However this time its the passengers who seem to have the problem.

In the first case a husband and wife - who I believe are Japanese Citizedn - are suing United Airlines for "negligently" overserving alcohol during a flight from Osaka, Japan, to San Francisco, saying the carrier's drinks fueled the domestic violence involving the two shortly after their plane landed.

Fortified with Burgundy wine allegedly supplied at 20-minute intervals by United crew members during the December 2006 trip, Yoichi Shimamoto became so inebriated "that he could not manage himself," according to a lawsuit filed Dec. 5 in U.S. District Court in Tampa.

Shimamoto was arrested, accused of disorderly conduct and battery after he struck his wife, Ayisha, six times, injuring her face and upper lip as they were heading through U.S. Customs in San Francisco, the complaint said.

The couple - who obviously made up afterward and of course have never engaged in such foreplay before - want $100,000 from united to pay for Legal fees, bail and the cost of living in Tampa (where they filed the lawsuit) during the hearings.

Clearly UAL staff forced the burgundy down the man's throat. I am surprised that he isn't suing for damage on his lips where the glass impacted them during this alleged terrible crime.

So the moral of this story is don't mix United Airlines, Burgundy, a Japanese husband and wife, Customs in SFO and a home in Tampa.

So to the next one. This should prove that the Mile High Club is a place where only certain people can be admitted based on their level of alcohol and their state of mind.

A female air passenger awoke from a dream about an orgy during a flight to Gatwick to find a businessman molesting her, a UK court heard. Former packaging firm boss Ake Lundbom, 63, allegedly attacked the woman in her 30s during an eight-hour overnight flight from Atlanta on Delta.

A UK jury heard how he "pounced" when his alleged victim fell into a deep sleep after taking a sleeping pill and drinking two glasses of wine. The US citizen victim claimed she awoke to find the man with his hands inside her trousers. Police arrested Lundbom when the plane landed at Gatwick.

The prosecutor said: "After the aircraft had been in flight for about four hours, the lighting in the cabin was dimmed to enable people to have a better chance of getting some sleep. The victim went into a deep sleep, something she refers to as 'completely blacking out'. "The next thing she can remember is having a dream, a weird dream in her recollection, in which everybody on the aircraft is having some sort of sexual encounter.

"She tried to get herself awake but could not do so for some time. She spoke to the defendant who is doing this to which he replied, 'Shuush, it's OK, don't worry about it'." The woman told the jury she had a glass of red wine with her meal then fell asleep soon after, although she could not remember whether she took a tranquilliser or not. The next thing she remembered was a "scratching" feeling on her inner thigh.

She said: "I felt pressure inside me. I woke up fully and realised I was sideways in my seat, I had a blanket over me, I was too close to him. She said she reported the incident to an air steward who said the pair had been cuddling and she had assumed they were a couple.

In interview, Lundbom told police the alleged victim's DNA was found under his fingernails after he touched her ankle and stroked her hair to help her sleep.

Lundbom, of Gothenburg, Sweden, denies assault by penetration in June last year.

Clearly the woman has issues with her memory as well.

So the moral of this story is don't mix Delta, Wine, Swedish over 60s Business men, US female citizens in their 30s and a British Court. Its a legal cocktail.

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