A Tanzanian national travelling to Dubai from Dar es Salaam has been charged after he pulled a lady from the cabin crew towards him, hugged and forcibly kissed her and as if that was not enough indecency took a selfie with the shocked woman.
He was charged in a Dubai court for molesting the 25-year-old American national.
The Dubai Court of First Instance was told that the incident happened in an Emirates Airline flight from Dar es Salaam to Dubai on April 22, 2016.
Prosecutors said the man asked for a picture with the attendant as she served passengers and she agreed.
While she was posing for the snap, the accused put his hands around her shoulder and then hugged her, the court heard.
“My supervisor yelled at the man for hugging me,” the American woman told prosecutors.
He asked her again for a picture and she agreed.
She said: “I stood next to him for the shot when he hugged me again and even and kissed my neck.” She said she was angry and pushed the passenger away to the back of the plane.
Another air stewardess said that the passenger appeared normal and did not cause any trouble or the rest of the flight.
However, the attendant informed police when the plane landed in Dubai and the man was arrested.
Police said the passenger, who only speaks Swahili, admitted to hugging and kissing the woman on the flight.
However, the man did not enter a plea in court and presiding Judge Fahad Al Shamsi, adjourned the case until next month.
He could face a year in jail to be followed by deportation if found calpable.