Sigh... Happy New Year...
Here's a tip for any guys out there
who may wonder what's appropriate when attempting to strike a
woman's fancy onboard an airline flight: when the air marshals have
to intervene, you've gone too far.
Such was the case, apparently, onboard a United Airlines flight
Sunday from Washington Dulles to Seattle. The Associated Press
reports Michael Lamar Holland, 46, was taken into custody on
charges of abusive sexual contact.
The incident began when a witness saw Holland stroking a woman's
hair as she tried to sleep onboard the flight. When the woman
objected, Holland reportedly fondled her... prompting the cabin
crew to get involved, who in turn asked for further assistance.
"The next thing you know, he's groping her," said special agent
Ted Hresko. "The flight attendants asked our (air marshals) to get
involved... There was no alcohol on his breath, and when he was
interviewed he said he hadn't had a drink for five years. We have
no reason to believe that he was drunk or on any kind of
While marshals handcuffed Holland to an empty seat, the pilot
opted to divert to Pittsburgh to offload him. Flight 917 resumed
its trip to Seattle about two hours later.
"I think I'm still in a bit of shock," the woman who made the
accusations told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Monday.
Holland appeared Monday before a Pittsburgh magistrate,
according to Margaret Philbin, spokeswoman for the US Attorney's
Office in Pittsburgh. He was released on bond with orders to return
for a January 7 court appearance.
The federal charge carries punishment of up to one year in jail,
and a $1,000 fine.