Groper Of Flight Attendant Barred From In-Flight Boozing For Five Years

The Ukrainian man who admitted groping a flight attendant while traveling recently from London to New York has been sentenced to probation and ordered not to drink “on any airline flight” for the next five years.

Iurii Chumak, 53, was arrested by FBI agents in April after he placed his hand up the skirt of a British Airways employee, grabbed the woman’s “genital area,” and “began to run his fingers back and forth.” Chumak, pictured at right, pleaded guilty last month to the misdemeanor airborne assault.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joan Azrack Tuesday sentenced Chumak--who has been in custody since his late-April arrest--to time served. As part of Chumak’s probation terms, Azrack ruled that, “Defendant may not consume alcohol on any flight for five (5) years.”

Which means Chumak will have a long, sober flight home to Kiev after his release from Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.