Airborne Groping Of Flight Attendant Lands Man Behind Bars

A passenger who was flying from London to New York is facing a federal criminal charge after he allegedly placed his hand up the skirt of a flight attendant and “grabbed her genital area” and “began to run his fingers back and forth,” according to an FBI agent.

The incident, which occurred Thursday on a British Airways flight bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport, resulted in the arrest of Iurii Chumak, 53.

In a misdemeanor criminal complaint excerpted here, FBI Agent Thais Canin reported that the flight attendant has just provided coffee to Chumak when she turned away from him to serve other passengers across the aisle in row 42. As she “bent over slighty” to pour coffee, Chumak allegedly groped her.

A second flight attendant, Canin added, saw Chumak “grab the first flight attendant’s genital area” and immediately approached the passenger and placed him in restraints. The second attendant told the FBI that a male passenger had previously complained that Chumak--drinking from a bottle of Dewar’s--had “bothered and verbally abused” his wife.

When questioned by federal agents after the plane arrived in New York, Chumak said he “was drinking on the airplane, fell asleep, and woke up in restraints.” Chumak appeared Saturday in U.S. District Court for arraignment, and was ordered held on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer.

Comments (77)

Obviously he was traveling economy class, First class passengers can rodger the cabin crew, have a go at flying the plane when drunk or even wing walk if they want.
WTF are you blabbing about ??? Have your DR up your meds
Clearly, this guy's missed his true calling. If he were an employee of the TSA, he could legally grope people all day long, including children. That might even make for a great public service announcement... "At T. S. A., we can [T]OUCH your [S]ENSITIVE [A]REAS."
I'd have done more than restrained him... he'd be emptying colostomy bags for the rest of his life.
Only an idiot would try to go to Third Base right away like that.
So, if I understand this correctly, I now have to stop feeling up stewardesses?.......it gonna make for some long boring flights now....
The TSA gets to do this all day long, and we let them. Maybe this guy is a TSA agent wannabe. I think the greater point is that if this is a felony for the ordinary person to do this not just in flight, but anywhere, it should be a felony offense if TSA agents violate a person's body in this way, as well. And that includes violating a mans body as well.
A felony, no. Taking away a persons rights for what the government demands from us is wrong. A stiff fine, public service for a long time, etc. That's good because it punishes the person, but does not strip them of their constitutional rights. Rape, robbery, attempted murder, sure, those are felonies, but touching, no way.
okay how would you feel if a man grabbed your balls(if you have them) and then rubbed your a..hole btw it doesn't require a penis insertion to be rape
Apparently you've never been subjected to a prostate examination at the Dept of Veterans Affairs hospital...