In July 2015, 57-year-old Chris Karadimas groped a woman seated next to him on a Delta Airlines flight from Athens, Greece, to New York City.
He is being charged with abusive sexual contact and simple assault for touching the woman’s face and breasts, but he claims that his sleep apnea is to blame. He supposedly entered a “confused state of partial wakening” after taking Tylenol PM before the flight and drinking two glasses of Scotch, after which he says he fell asleep. His trial is set to begin on January 17, but he’s asking the judge to let a sleep expert testify on his behalf to get him off the hook.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only (and definitely not the last) disturbing incident of sexual assault to happen during a flight.