Pregnant Passenger Sexually Harassed

April 1, 2017

in Passenger Stories

Okay before I start I would like to point out that I have a habit of detail, so if I offend anyone I’m sorry. First a little exposition so you know why I became angry. This happened a few years ago. I had been on holiday to Turkey with my family and my god-family in Turkey, and my friend who I’d known for three years (she wasn’t a part of my god-family; she was also at the hotel). We had admitted feelings for each-other; we started dating and after a week we hooked up. Well over the next week, due to her missed period, we found out she was pregnant, so we had to change the return trip as she was coming with us to live with my family and me.

Nothing bad happened when we went a day later to the airport and managed to exchange our tickets for the next flight to Essex. We had no trouble with the airport; they were accommodating when they found out my girlfriend was pregnant. She was very early on in her pregnancy and so she was likely to throw up, so we managed to get a seat reasonably close to the toilets. It was a bit awkward because I get travel sickness easily, so it was a nice convenience.

The trouble started when we first got on the plane. We were sitting in the two seats at the front by the toilets; we didn’t care knowing both our conditions. My family was about four rows back with my god-family behind them. My girlfriend and I sat down for about 5 minutes, discussing what it was going to be like starting a family so young. Then as we began take off I noticed what appeared to be someone staring at us. I thought nothing of it, that was until the seat belt sign went off and I went to the toilet. I returned not a minute or two later to find the person who’d been staring at me and my girlfriend sitting in my chair. I knew his type; he thought he was the pretty-boy type, those who think they can get a girl easily. It was obvious he was chatting her up because she was well endowed if you know what I mean. I coughed to signal for him to move; he looked at me while still sitting in my seat and said he wasn’t in my way and for me to move down the aisle. I told him that he was in my seat and he was chatting to my girlfriend. He of course didn’t listen, replying that they wouldn’t be talking much longer. To be honest for a second I feared the way he looked.

He finally returned to his seat. My girlfriend said to me that she was pregnant with my child and that she loved me for who I was, and that I risked my life to be with her (no understatement – her dad was livid when he found out she was pregnant, and had initially threatened to kill whoever was the father), and that I’d done the manly thing to take her home. The man of course was shot down, but it didn’t stop him from staring at us the rest of the flight. I got up later and told him to stop pestering us; he said he’ll stop when she tells him to. At this point I noticed he was with what appeared to be a group of a lads on a holiday who were several years older than me.

I thought he’d stopped causing inconvenience until later when I went to the bathroom having felt sick. I was quick, having only needed some water in the face. I tried opening the door to find it jammed. My girlfriend told me that the bloke had sat down by her again and had his mate hold the bathroom door closed. What she told me next made me angry. She said as she stood up to allow me out of the toilet, the bloke slapped her arse. I told the FA that he had more or less sexually harassed my pregnant girlfriend. For the remainder of the trip the FA offered to stand by and watch over us to make sure there would be no more harassment.

At this point I thought it was over, but what happened next angered me and caused me to break my usually passive state. As the two of us were walking down the aisle to disembark from the plane, I heard the bloke say, “Why does she put up with an ugly f**k like you.” We tried ignoring it, but then he whacked his carry-on bag into my girlfriend’s belly, knowing full well that she was pregnant. I snapped at this moment because this man, who I thought was a pest, for all I could have known murdered my unborn child. I threw him into a wall and punched him in his nose breaking it. The airport security saw what happened and I was let off with a hefty warning.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark April 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm

You were surely patient with that bloke and your reaction after the intentional would be murder by the whacking of the bag on your pregnant mate would surely incite one to act similarly. Such should be reported and are arrested by police on landing


APME April 5, 2017 at 8:41 am

Dude…that's a nightmare and I'm so glad you reported it.


Hallie May 25, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Omg that’s horrible is the baby ok?!


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