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February 20, 2005
Did An Arab Senior Bureaucrat Disrupt A Transatlantic Flight?

The London Telegraph reports that a "senior foreign bureaucrat" got drunk on a Virgin Airlines flight from Washington DC to London tonight, fondled women, and exposed himself to the crew and passengers:

A senior foreign bureaucrat has been arrested for drunkenness and suspicion of sexual assault on a flight to London. The man was questioned by police after allegedly attempting to grope a female passenger and exposing himself to cabin crew.

Other passengers claimed he had consumed "vast quantities" of duty-free alcohol.

One female passenger had to be moved from her seat and upgraded to business class after she claimed the man attempted to fondle her.

Passengers on the Virgin Atlantic flight, including a party of schoolchildren, watched as cabin crew were forced to grapple with the 55-year-old and escort him to the lavatory, where he is then alleged to have exposed himself.

The Telegraph gets no more specific about the diplomat's identity than that, but it does include one tantalizing quote from an eyewitness:

Cabin crew admonished the man for his behaviour, with one allegedly telling him that he was a "naughty man and Allah would be cross".

"Allah would be cross"? Isn't that somewhat sacrilegious, mixing Islam with Christianity? If the bureaucrat comes from an Islamic nation, he may have a lot of epxlaining to do as to why he drank alcohol at all, let alone to excess.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 20, 2005 10:32 PM

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