Please don’t sexually harass the flight attendants

Incheon International Airport police have arrested a 44-year-old American for drunkenly harassing three female flight attendants on a plane.

He is also accused of assaulting two male attendants who tried to intervene.

The incident took place at 11am in the morning Thursday. Among other things, the guy tried to hug the attendants.

When the two male attendants failed to restrain the drunken American, they broke out the Taser, which apparently did the trick. The flight crew then handed him over to the airport police.

UPDATE: According to this report (HT to Tom), the flight was Korean, the flight attendants were Korean, and the lout was a businessman sitting in business class. The incident took place while the plane was in flight from New York, too.

The piece concludes, “With a recent rash of foreigners causing disturbances on airplanes, all of Incheon Airport is in shock with a case of assault on top of sexual harassment taking place.”

  • cactusmcharris

    Well, all I can say is that he’s in the perfect place to do this, jail-time wise…..but when did the flight attendants get armed with Tasers?

  • gbnhj

    Alcohol and atmospheric pressurization: two things which don’t go well together.

  • mickster2

    The title says the right thing, there happened to be a dumb passenger aboard, who happened to be American, and the crew handled the incident in a reasonable manner. A happy ending.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    American airlines have figured out the solution to this sort of stuff: hire the burliest, oldest, ugliest, most unfriendly flight attendants as possible. I hope Korean Air and Asiana never figure this out.

  • Creo69

    Hmm … 44 years old and still behaving like an infant. Let’s hope he grows up a bit before he catches up to Gerard Depardieu and starts to favor a bit of “tinkling” in the aisles to go along with his drunken antics.

  • Gorky

    …and earns koeler’s undying respect.

  • Wedge1

    Funniest thing I’ve read all day. Thank you, Sir.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Gerard Depardieu has earned my undying respect by telling the thieves in power in France to fuck themselves and giving up his French citizenship. 75% taxes are nothing but extortion.

  • Creo69

    Trust me…stay in Korea until you have lost your shine and you will figure out the system as well. It applies to both Korean flight attendants and “whitey the dancing bear” … 

  • Creo69

    Agree on the tax issue. The guy is still an absolute loser though. Maybe he just did the whole get rid of citizenship to make sure the tinkle, tinkle on the plane incident wasn’t his legacy.

  • Django

    He’s probably a frequent Korean Airlines flyer and learned how to treat Korean flight attendants from Koreans but learned the hard way that there are no free hugs for Waygookins.

  • Jakgani

    The title may say the right thing – but the last paragraph – 

     The piece concludes, “With a recent rash of foreigners causing disturbances on airplanes, …

    is not needed.  It’s just stirring hatred for foreigners with no examples of recent rashes of foreigners causing disturbances on airplanes.

    If they want to say that kind of thing – then let us know what the recent things were ??  otherwise it’s just xenophobic/racist news like usual.

  • Jakgani

    Oh – I found the “disturbances on airplanes” lately – 

    here we are:

    and another one:

  • Anonymous_Joe

    You beat me to it, Jak.

  • Cloudfive

    LOL, you’re the Australian version of Q. Jakgani, you’ve read this blog for almost nine years? Does that mean you’ve lived in Korea in misery for all this time? Nine years without being fluent in the language and faced with constant discrimination for your whiteness. How truly sad for you. :(

  • mightymouse

    But that would scare fliers.

  • Railwaycharm

     KAL started using Tasers around 2002 after a drunken Russian raised all kinds of hell.

  • YangachiBastardo

      It’s just stirring hatred for foreigners with no examples of recent rashes of foreigners causing disturbances on airplanes

    If the continuous presence for the last decade of your abhorrent, repulsive  persona on Korean soil didn’t manage to turn the general populace into a mix of Pol Pot and Adolf Eichmann nothing else will 

  • Ms. Peabody

    TSA punching ajumma = GOOD!!!  KAL stewardess hugging yangnom = BAD!!!  

    (This public service announcement brought to you by the Marmot’s Hole.) 

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    If fliers are not scared of the jackbooted fascist goons (TSA) they wont be to scared of a 45 year old heffer with a chip on her shoulder.

  • mightymouse

    Yes, and watch planes takeoff with lots of empty seats because people are too scared to fly.

  • Jang

    Even though KA flight attendants assaulted Mr. Rakowski with a taser, Rakowski has been released and one police official said “the alleged sexual harassment was not
    serious enough to seek a formal arrest warrant.”

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Here is the link to the article that you cited:

    American arrested for alleged sexual harassment on plane

    South Korean police have questioned an American for alleged sexual harassment of three flight attendants aboard a flight bound for Incheon International Airport from New York, an official said.

    The American, identified only by his family name Rakowski, allegedly got drunk and hugged three crew members and hit two other crew members, the police official in Incheon said late Thursday. A crew member overpowered the suspect by using a taser gun and later handed him over to South Korean police upon arrival at Incheon International Airport earlier Thursday.

    Police questioned Rakowski before releasing him, the police official said, adding that the alleged sexual harassment was not serious enough to seek a formal arrest warrant. He asked not to be identified, citing policy.

    Does anyone else have a problem with Korea’s privacy laws in this instance?  First, the police made no charges.  Second, in identifying theAmerican by his family name, the newspaper violated his privacy more than identifying a Korean by his given name.  Half of all Koreans are Park, Kim, Lee, or Jeong.  There are more So-yeong’s and Jiwoo’s in Korea than Radkowski’s in the U.S.Third, does anyone have a problem with this making a national paper when they guy was not charged with a crime?  Finally, should this be in the paper, with the guy’s name, when he was not charged with a crime?

  • que337

    Korean Air might consider duck tape included in the protocol to effective treatment of drunken passengers:

  • que337

    I hope not the notorious “I was drunk.” excuse has worked here. And I agree that it would be better to go by more common names such as “Joe” to secure anonimity.

  • Jang

     Yonhap doesn’t care much about the “privacy law” either.

  • wangkon936

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    That comment does not reflect the views of the owner or moderators of the Marmot’s Hole.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    He was released? Ok, so even if there was no sexual assaut, didn’t he punch two people? Didn’t he cause a disturbance on the plane?

  • mightymouse

    You know. Maybe KAL should just ban the guy from their flights. That will be justice.

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