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A HORRIFIED flyer claimed a pervert performed a sex act next to her for hours on a flight and United Airlines and the firm paid her to keep quiet about it.
Mikaela Dixon, 21, was was travelling from California to Chicago with her boyfriend when she noticed the man inappropriately touching himself.
She said the man was arrested on landing but when she later asked the airline what happened to him, they refused and gave her £50 in what she branded “hush money”.
Traumatised Mikaela took to Twitter to describe the incident which she said gave her the “worst panic attack of her life”.
She said she was sandwiched between her boyfriend in the window seat and the man who was in the aisle, news.com.au reported.
The horrified passenger wrote: “I had no idea what to do, I couldn’t get up because I didn’t want to go anywhere near him.”
Mikaela said she could not alert the attendant without him finding out so waited until he left his seat, adding: “I sat there shaking until he got up to go to the bathroom as we landed.”
After being alerted of the incident, a United flight attendant moved Ms Dixon to another row and reportedly told her the airline had contacted local police.
When the man “bolted” to get off the plane, Ms Dixon claims he was detained and escorted into the airport.
Ms Dixon later learned the passenger had been released and when she called the Chicago Police Department, they told her they had not been alerted to the incident.
Officer Michael Carroll told BuzzFeed News that they received an emergency call from a citizen, not the airline, and that the man in question had already left when an officer arrived at the scene.
Mikaela added: “They were desperately trying to keep it internal. Basically United lied about everything, let the man go after a few questions, and refused to involve law enforcement until I called the cops myself and forced them to file a report with the FBI.”
A spokesman for United told Fox News they were “investigating the matter to learn more about what happened”.
They added: “The safety and wellbeing of our customers is our top priority.
“Our customer was immediately moved to a different seat when the flight attendants were made aware of the issue and the aircraft was met by our security personnel.”
“Although United Airlines, as a company, cannot press charges on our customers’ behalf, we will provide as much assistance as possible to law enforcement authorities should they investigate this matter further.”
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