December 19, 2018

Airplane Passenger Caught Reading Porn In-Flight

“There are some things that should never be done on a plane – and looking at porn is one of them. But one passenger was shocked to see the person next to them on a flight doing just that,” reported The Irish Sun (WARNING: original article contains sexual imagery)

While on a flight from Miami International Airport, one passenger noticed that the man sitting next to him was reading a Japanese comic book, known as manga. However, this particular manga contained pornographic imagery and depictions of sexual acts. The man later pulled out a magazine containing photos of naked women.

The passenger posted photos of the incident on Instagram under the hashtag #passengershaming – which people use to raise awareness about rude airline passengers. This act is more than rude, however. Viewing pornography during flight, especially when children could be around, creates a toxic environment and one that facilitates sexual harassment.

It is not reported what kind of disciplinary, if any, was taken or what airline the flight was on.

The fact that the passenger thought posting to Instagram was the best course of action is telling. Airline policies are often unclear or not announced with respect to disallowing pornography viewing. Passengers, and flight attendants alike, are often unsure about what to do in the event someone is viewing pornography in-flight. Flight attendants also lack proper training on how to handle sexually harassing situations such as this.

At NCOSE, we started our Fly Free campaign to raise awareness and address these specific issues. No person should be forced to endure a toxic environment like this during flights.

Ben Miller

Former Digital Strategies Coordinator

Ben joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation as Digital Strategies Coordinator in July of 2018. As Digital Strategies Coordinator, Ben raises awareness for issues of sexual exploitation through digital media, email marketing, and website development. He works to create a community of activists who are enthusiastic about combating sexual exploitation and changing culture.

Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He graduated with Honors in the Liberal Arts and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During his college career, Ben spent a semester studying in Washington, D.C. and interned for a member of Congress. On campus, he actively sought to change Greek culture, especially with respect to sexual exploitation, through his membership in Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. Ben also supported his peers who were afflicted by the harms of pornography through a weekly men’s purity group.

Ben’s deep commitment to fighting sexual exploitation was ignited in part by the work done by NCOSE. While writing a research literature review for a public policy class in college, he came across Porn Harms Research and the initiatives being carried out by NCOSE. Ben, a strong anti-pornography activist at the time, began to learn more about the connections between all forms of exploitation and how prominent these issues are in today’s society. He devoted himself to raising awareness about the web of sexual exploitation and is deeply grateful for the work NCOSE has done on these issues. Ben is excited to be a part of the team at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and to contribute to this important cause.

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