Sexually Harassed on a Middle East Airlines flight: “Why were you touching my mother like that?”

I was standing in the aisle of the airplane after landing in beirut when an overweight frenchman bumped up against my back. At first I thought someone had pushed him from behind and that he had stumbled into me.When he continued to lean on me, I said, ‘stop pushing me’ and I sat back down in my seat and he continued to exit the plane.

My 3 kids had witnessed the whole thing and they told me there was noone behind the guy and that he was just rubbing up against me. My youngest daughter of 10 was very mad and wanted to say something to the man. (Coincidentally and unfortunately, she had been touched by a man 2 months ago while playing at AUB.)

At the baggage carousel, she kept asking me, ‘where is he?’. I pointed to the man who was standing with his friend at the other carousel. She asked if she could go say something to him and I said, ‘yes’.

She went straight over to him, and in french said, ‘why were you touching my mother like that?’ The man was embarrassed and said, ‘I didn’t’. My girl repeated the question a number of times. She was very brave and mad. I really respect her for that.

Submitted by Anonymous

Location: On an MEA flight, Beirut Int’l Airport

Time of harassment:  10-16: Daytime / عز النهار

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هل لديك تجربة شخصية مع التحرش الجنسي أو الاعتداء تريد مشاركته ؟ الرجاء الضغط هنا وملء استمارة التقديم على الانترنت. وتنشر جميع التقارير مجهول ما لم تحدد

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