A Great Denham man has been jailed for six months after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman and disrupting an easyjet flight from London Luton Airport.
Kramat Khan, 36, of Stone Close, Great Denham, was flying to Tenerife on 29 June last year, when he inappropriately touched a member of cabin crew.
He claimed this was an accident but when the same cabin crew member was working alone in the galley, he grabbed her from behind in a tight hug and kissed her neck.
He ignored her pleas for him to stop.
Throughout the flight Khan kept leaving his seat and removed his shirt, despite other members of the crew, including the pilot, warning him of safety concerns.
Khan continued to ignore them, becoming abusive and aggressive towards the crew and other passengers. He even demanded a fight and became racially abusive.
The pilot was forced to request a priority landing in Tenerife and the crew reported Khan’s behaviour to police on their return to the UK.
At Luton Crown Court on Friday (31 July), Khan was sentenced to six months imprisonment for endangering an aircraft.
For the sexual assault, he was sentenced to a further two months to run concurrently, and one month for racially aggravated harassment, also concurrent.
“Khan’s behaviour posed a serious risk to the crew and passengers,” said Sergeant James Hart of Bedfordshire Police’s Airport Policing Unit.
“He acted disrespectfully towards a female member of the crew, leaving her shaken and distressed for several days after.
“We are pleased that the severity of his actions have been recognised by the court in the form of a jail term.
“Abusive and disruptive passengers must expect to be firmly dealt with, and this behaviour is never acceptable, let alone on board an aircraft.”
Mick Broster, Head of Security for easyJet, added: “Whilst serious disruptive passenger incidents are rare, easyJet will not tolerate them.
“We take them very seriously, always push for prosecution, and fully co-operated with the police during their investigation.
“The safety and wellbeing of all of our passengers and crew is our highest priority.”
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, regardless of how long ago the offence occurred, reports can be made to police on 101.
You can also contact the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) through the Emerald Centre, by visiting emeraldcentre.org, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01234 842750.
The Signpost Hub also offers free and confidential support to victims in Bedfordshire, whether it has been reported to police or not, and also irrespective of where and when the crime occurred.
Contact 0800 0282887 or visit signpostforbedfordshire.com for further information.