Woman intervenes after overhearing man harass teenage girl on a plane

·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
In a now-viral thread, journalist Joanna Chiu tweeted about an incident she overheard on a plane between a man who appeared to be in his thirties and a teenage girl. (Credit: Getty)
In a now-viral thread, journalist Joanna Chiu tweeted about an incident she overheard on a plane between a man who appeared to be in his thirties and a teenage girl. (Credit: Getty)

A woman shared how she stepped in after witnessing a teenager being harassed by a much older man on a flight.

Journalist Joanna Chiu was flying alone when she overheard a man “appearing in his late thirties” talking to a teenager in the row behind her.

She said she “couldn’t avoid” listening in when she heard the man getting “very familiar” with his fellow passenger.

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When she heard him asking the teen for a “dirty” photo, she stepped in and got involved, she wrote on Twitter to her nearly 39,000 followers.

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In the now-viral thread, Chiu wrote how she sought help from airline staff to have the man moved from his seat.

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Despite having managed to make the man move, Chiu voiced her concern at not knowing whether he would be monitored on future flights as a result of this incident.

However, the story ended with the man being stopped by security upon his departure from the plane.

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Chiu tweeted that she didn’t want to name the airline she was flying on, but nevertheless commended the crew for how they “handled the situation so well.”

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While this story is alarming, it isn’t the only example of sexual harassment in the skies or on public transportation.

Last year, a New York-based Reddit user shared how she relied on a stranger to help her after being verbally harassed and followed by a fellow commuter.

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