After a man masturbated next to a woman passenger on a United Airlines flight, the company paid her $75 to keep the incident quiet. Mikaela Dixon, 21, since came out on Twitter about her encounter.
Dixon Twitter posts read:
“I just spent hours next to a guy who was masturbating on this flight. My bf was asleep in the window seat, I’m in the middle, and the man is in the aisle. I had no idea what to do, I couldn’t get up bc I didn’t want to go anywhere near him…”
“I couldn’t call an attendant over because he’s in the aisle seat and would’ve heard me reporting him. I sat there shaking until he got up to go to the bathroom as we landed. Attendants came over, moved my seat, at this point the guy came back and knew what was happening”
“he started talking to other passengers nervously (they all heard what he did & ignored him). attendants asked me about him & he heard all of it bc he was in the seat behind me. the plane stopped at the gate & he BOLTED, tried so hard to get off but another guy blocked him”
“he was detained as he exited the plane and that’s it. united airlines gave me $75 and told me i’m not allowed to know what happens to him unless i press charges against him. sooo i got my hush money and now i have to wonder forever whether this guy got away with it? fuck that”
United Airlines issued the following statement:
“The safety and well-being of our customers is our top priority,” the statement continued. “Our customer was immediately moved to a different seat when the flight attendants were made aware of the issue and the aircraft was met by our security personnel. Although United Airlines, as a company, cannot press charges on our customers’ behalf, we will provide as much assistance as possible to law enforcement authorities should they investigate this matter further.”
Many on Twitter and around the world are extremely disturbed about the story. The FBI recently publically addressed the growing number of sexual assaults towards women on airplanes. In fact, the number of assaults has increased 66% over the past 4 years. Ms. Dixon was not satisfied with not knowing what legally happened to the man.
“Basically United lied about everything, let the man go after a few questions, and refused to involve law enforcement until I called the cops myself and forced them to file a report w the FBI.”