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Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Non-Consensual Footsie

One of the many stresses of flying is that you don’t know if you’ll be seated beside a normal person, a talker, or maybe some creep masturbating on a Southwest flight.

We hate to refer to this airline incident as non-consensual footsie, but we’re at a loss as to what else to call this creepy assault.

After a man started rubbing his feet upon his neighbor’s and refused to stop, things escalated — and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

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Justin Brafford is a 29-year-old man from Texas.

He is now facing charges for simple assault and for intimidating a flight crew on his Southwest flight from Los Angeles to Dallas.

This began with, as we mentioned, non-consensual footsie as he allegedly rubbed his feet against those of the woman beside him.

Unfortunately, this peak horror scenario was only the beginning of the nightmare that forced a Southwest flight to make an emergency landing.

Not satisfied by merely using his feet to make her life a living hell, he also began verbal harassment.

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It sounds like she tried to weather this assault — and let’s be clear, rubbing your foot against someone without their permission is assault.

But when he allegedly warned her “don’t f–k with me,” she was able to persuade a flight attendant to allow her to change seats.

That should have been the end of her story of the worst flight of her life, right?

Well, Brafford then got up and confronted her at her new seat, apparently offended that he didn’t appreciate his unwanted attention.

Flight attendants tried to intervene and persuade him to return to his seat.

They were unsuccessful.

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Brafford is said to have then launched into an expletive-laden rant aimed primarily at the woman who had fled from his assault.

Apparently whatever he was saying was not only foul, but alarming.

(And, to be fair, his erratic behavior — far beyond what you’d expect from a run-of-the-mill creep who thought he could exploit social norms to cop a feel — was also alarming)

The flight crew alerted the pilot, and the plane was forced to divert and make an emergency landing in Albuquerque.

Brafford was then escorted from the plane.

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That whole incident sounds deeply harrowing and seems beyond explanation.

But police say that they know why it happened.

Authorities say that Brafford was high on methamphetamines.

We don’t mean that he was a little wired — reports say that he believed that he was hearing “calls” from God while on the illicit substances.

He had taken the methamphetamines the day before the flight, and he had apparently overdosed on heroin over the weekend.

If you’d planned on pairing that combo of drug experiences before boarding a flight, we’d advise against it.

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Brafford is, of course, super in jail.

Our legal system may not make it easy for women to get justice when they are assaulted, but misbehavior on airplanes in a post-9/11 world does not go over well.

He could face as much as 20 years behind bars for his prolonged outburst.

He could also face a fine of as much as $ 250,000.

Messing with a flight crew is, after all, a federal offense.

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We’re not normally in the business of feeling sorry for major, oligopolistic corporations. Or of airlines, for that matter.

But we kind of feel for Southwest here. It sounds to us like they responded in the best way possible, but their name is still all over this story.

Officials at Southwest have affirmed for the bajillionth time that their first priority is the safety and comfort of their passengers.

The flight was then able to continue to Dallas without incident.

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Man’s Body Odor Sickens Passengers

Flying in an airplane is rarely fun. But sometimes, it can be downright unbearable.

While most people would consider sitting near a bad-smelling passenger to be bad enough, unpleasant body odor isn’t usually enough to land a plane.

But that is just what happened here, as one person’s foul odor was enough to sicken others and force the plane to land.

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Transavia may sound like the name of an all-naturla sugar substitute, but it is a Dutch budget airline.

Unfortunately, one Transavia flight from the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, a fairly common vacation destination in Europe, was besieged by a foul odor.

Reportedly, passengers complained of an “unbearable” smell, which they blamed upon an “unwashed” man onboard.

The alleged olfactory assault was so severe that some passengers reportedly became ill.

Once the flight took off from the Las Palmas airport, some people’s reactions were so severe that they were fainting or vomiting.

Gross.

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One Belgian passenger named Piet van Haut reported that:

“It was a huge stench.”

It certainly sounds like it.

“The man was sitting on the last row of the plane.”

Nonetheless, it sounds like many passengers were impacted.

“And it smelled like he hadn’t washed for weeks.”

Horrific. Unimaginable.

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Apparently, after several passengers grew ill from the relentless assault upon their senses, airline staff asked the man to confine himself to the bathroom.

That was not enough to mitigate the damage, unfortunately.

The plane was headed for Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but had to make an emergency stop in Portugal, at Faro Airport.

It was then that the man was ushered off of the plane.

He was then placed on a bus by medical personnel.

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In a statement from Transavia, it was said that the emergency stop was made for “medical” reasons.

Many people immediately wondered if perhaps the odor arose from something other than poor hygiene. Perhaps this poor man was suffering an illness that created a powerful and noxious body odor.

Diabetes, thyroid issues, and dysfunction in the kidneys or liver can lead to different and unpleasant body odor that can be difficult to mask.

There is another medical possibility: a mutation known as trimethylaminuria.

Trimethylamine is the chemical compound responsible for giving fish their “fishy odor.”

People with trimethylaminuria, which is extremely rare, are unable to break down that compound. This causes it to build up in their systems.

We don’t know what kind of bad smell drove these passengers to their limits. If what they were smelling was similar to fish emulsion, this could be the answer.

But obviously, we don’t know.

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Sometimes, people don’t smell too bad even when they smell a little “ripe.” But please, no matter your personal opinion, tell someone if they are about to go fly somewhere and their body odor is in any way detectable.

We feel so sorry for this poor man and for his fellow passengers.

None of them asked for this to happen.

And honestly? We feel sorry for Transavia. A lot of airlines get bad press, but it sounds like Transavia did all of the right things, here.

There are so many ways to ruin someone’s flight. Let’s all try to avoid being at fault.

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