Men Groping Sleeping Women on Planes Is Pretty Common, Says FBI

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sleeping maskYou know how most of us like to sleep on the plane, especially during a long flight? Well, I'm just saying -- I'm not sure how easy I'll rest on my next red-eye. A woman on a flight from the Philippines to Hawaii took a small dose of Nyquil to help her fall asleep. Next thing she knew, the man sitting next to her was groping her!

And here's the worst part (well, unless you count the description of exactly what Mr. All Hands did). The FBI says cases of inappropriate behavior on airplanes are pretty common. They get around four calls a month with these sorts of complaints. Ugh, guys! FBI Special Agent Tom Simon says, "Understanding that this defendant is innocent until proven guilty, it's not the job of the FBI to tell a 22-year-old man to keep his hands to himself." 

Not the FBI's job -- you don't say! So let's meet this 22-year-old Romeo and find out what he did.

Luavalu Seuva'ai has been charged with sexually assaulting the woman. But get this -- he had the nerve to plead "not guilty" and claims she was "flirting" with him and he was just flirting back. Because that's how flirting works. You smile politely to the guy sitting next to you who won't shut up, and he responds by "flirtatiously" sticking his hands up your bra. YES, THAT'S HOW BAD IT WAS. Ugh.

I'm just glad that, even though this story is now going to make me paranoid about falling asleep on a plane, at least the FBI isn't issuing idiotic "women beware!" warnings and tips on protecting yourself from the man-child sitting next to you who can't control himself. It's not OUR job to tell a 22-year-old man to keep his hands to himself, either. Instead, Agent Tom says, "To state the obvious, a woman should be able to fall asleep on an airplane without being groped by her seat mate." Jeebus, I'm glad we're in agreement about that!

Do you feel comfortable falling asleep on the airplane?


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nonmember avatar CrystalMP

I would never ever fall asleep in a public place. You should be able to but lets be honest, people are creeps and 9 times out of 10 you can't trust them as far as you can throw them.

ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

Geez, then woman waking up and slapping the guy should be just as frequent. Jk. Man, you can't even fall asleep on a long flight anymore

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

If that happened to me the boy would be knocked out. I grew up on a farm and had older brothers. He'd get his ass kicked. It amazes me that people have such little regard for each other now a days. What makes people think thats ok?

nonmember avatar jd

I felt funny after I fell asleep at the frat house in college-

nonmember avatar Michelle

Uh, did NO ONE sitting near this woman notice this happening and say ANYTHING? She had to wake up to realize this herself? That to me is scarier than the act itself! Yeesh, are people so ignorant of their surroundings these days that we can't trust our fellow flight friends to help us out? Even if it was just alerting the flight attendant. @Ruby Jewel...I'd kick the guy's ass too! You go girl!

nonmember avatar KristiC.

Not their job? Well, if something like that ever happened to me I would say it's my job to knock out some teeth and/or break some fingers. Sucker wouldn't be getting off the plane in the same shape he got on...

sacto... sactochick

If that guy put his hands on me.....he would be speaking in a soprano voice as I would grab his tiny Mike & Ike and twist it off and hand it to him.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I have a terriable time falling asleep in strage places

Bruce Park

Perhaps she was groped in a humiliating fashion by the TSA and projected it onto some innocent schmo sitting next to her? Stranger things have happened...

nonmember avatar Zuri

It's not the job of the FBI to tell some imbecilic creep to keep his hands off me? Well, then it's MY job to punch his teeth in.

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