Man sexually assaults sleeping woman on plane


A man travelling on a flight from Paris to Atlanta terrified a woman passenger by sexually molesting her while she slept.

He then performed a 'karate style kick' to the throat of a federal sky marshal who came to detain him for his behaviour.

The man, Brian Pomykala, has now been charged in a federal court for sexual assault.

According to investigators, Pomykala was on board a Delta Airlines flight last Thursday when he woke up a sleeping female passenger by fondling her and 'indicating that he needed some sex'.

The woman alerted a flight attendant, who notified federal air marshals on board.

Authorities say he then struck one of the marshals with a karate-style thrust to the throat.

The marshal placed Pomykala in a headlock while another handcuffed him.

He was released on a $10,000 bond on Friday.

His attorney declined to comment.

Last week, Delta Airlines was voted as the world's most admired airline by Fortune magazine.

An airline spokesman said today: 'Our crews handled this situation with their usual utmost professionalism... We are cooperating fully with law enforcement in this matter.'

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