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State Department issues dire travel warning for Mexico

Yesterday, August 22, the U.S. State Department issued a dire-sounding “Mexico Travel Warning” that includes popular and tourist destinations — Acapulco, Cancun, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, Vera Cruz, and Yucatan (Chichen Itza):

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.  U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.

For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, see our state-by-state assessments below. U.S. government personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel to all areas to which the Department recommends “defer non-essential travel” in this Travel Warning. As a result of security precautions that U.S. government personnel must take while traveling to parts of Mexico, our response time to emergencies involving U.S. citizens may be hampered or delayed. 

Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place on streets and in public places during broad daylight. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations and has engaged in an extensive effort to counter criminal organizations that engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. There is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. citizens based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the level of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes.

U.S. government personnel are prohibited from patronizing adult clubs and gambling establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit.

Kidnappings in Mexico take the following forms:

  • Traditional:  victim is physically abducted and held captive until a ransom is paid for release.
  • Express:  victim is abducted for a short time and commonly forced to withdraw money, usually from an ATM, then released.
  • Virtual:  an extortion-by-deception scheme where a victim is contacted by phone and coerced by threats of violence to provide phone numbers of family and friends, and then isolated until the ransom is paid.  Recently, hotel guests have been targets of such “virtual” kidnapping schemes.

U.S. citizens have been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads. Carjackers use a variety of techniques, including roadblocks, bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop, and running vehicles off the road at high speeds. There are indications that criminals target newer and larger vehicles, but drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States are also targeted. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from intercity travel after dark in many areas of Mexico. U.S. citizens should use toll roads (cuotas) whenever possible. In remote areas, cell phone coverage is limited or non-existent.

The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat organized criminal groups.  U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways by car or bus may encounter government checkpoints, staffed by military or law enforcement personnel. In some places, criminal organizations have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and have killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them. You should cooperate at all checkpoints.

State-by-State Assessment: Below is a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico. Travelers should be mindful that even if no advisories are in effect for a given state, U.S. citizens should exercise caution throughout Mexico as crime and violence can still occur. For general information about travel and other conditions in Mexico, see our Country Specific Information.

Aguascalientes: Intercity travel at night is prohibited for U.S. government personnel.

Baja California (includes Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate, and Mexicali): Exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night. Criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain an issue throughout the state. According to the Baja California State Secretariat for Public Security, the state of Baja California experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents injuring innocent bystanders have occurred during daylight hours. Due to poor cellular service and general road conditions, U.S. government personnel are only allowed to travel on “La Rumarosa” between Mexicali-Tijuana on the toll road during daylight hours.

Baja California Sur (includes Los Cabos and La Paz): Criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain an issue throughout the state. Exercise caution as Baja California Sur continues to experience a high rate of homicides. According to Secretaría de Seguridad Pública del Estado de Baja California and Secretaría de Gobernación statistics, the state of Baja California Sur experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured, have occurred during daylight hours.

Campeche: No advisory is in effect.

Chiapas (includes Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas): U.S. government personnel must remain in tourist areas and are not allowed to use public transportation.

Chihuahua (includes Ciudad Juarez, the city of Chihuahua, Ojinaga, Palomas, Nuevo Casas Grandes and Copper Canyon): Criminal activity and violence remains an issue throughout the state of Chihuahua and its major cities. If you plan to drive in the state of Chihuahua, you should limit travel to daylight hours on major highways and follow the recommendations below.

  • Ciudad Juarez: Exercise caution in all areas. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling after dark west of Eje Juan Gabriel and south of Boulevard Zaragoza. Defer non-essential travel to the areas southeast of Boulevard Independencia and the Valle de Juarez region.
  • Within the city of Chihuahua: Defer non-essential travel to the Morelos, Villa, and Zapata districts, where the travel of U.S. government personnel is restricted.
  • Ojinaga: Travel via U.S. Highway 67 through the Presidio, Texas port-of-entry.
  • Palomas and the Nuevo Casas Grandes/Paquime region: Use U.S. Highway 11 through the Columbus, New Mexico port-of- entry.
  • Nuevo Casas Grandes: U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling outside of city limits after dark.
  • Copper Canyon and other areas of the state of Chihuahua: U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel.

Coahuila: U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to Coahuila, with the exception of Saltillo, Bosques de Monterreal, and Parras de la Fuente, because of the high incidence of violent crime, particularly along the highways between Piedras Negras and Nuevo Laredo. State and municipal law enforcement capacity is limited in some parts of Coahuila, particularly in the north. U.S. government personnel are allowed to travel during daylight hours to Saltillo, Bosques de Monterreal, and Parras de la Fuente, using the most direct routes and maximizing the use of toll highways. Between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., U.S. government personnel must abide by the Embassy-imposed curfew and remain within Saltillo, Bosques de Monterreal, or Parras de la Fuente.

Colima (includes Manzanillo): U.S. government personnel are prohibited from intercity travel at night, from traveling within 12 miles of the Colima-Michoacán border, and from traveling on Route 110 between La Tecomaca and the Jalisco border. U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to this border region, including the city of Tecoman.

Durango: Violence and criminal activity along the highways are a continuing security concern. U.S. government personnel may travel outside of the city of Durango only during daylight hours on toll roads. Between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., U.S. government personnel must abide by the Embassy-imposed curfew and remain within the city of Durango.

Estado de Mexico (includes Toluca and Teotihuacan): U.S. citizens should defer all non-essential travel to the municipalities of Coacalco, Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyotl, La Paz, Valle del Chalco, Solidaridad, Chalco, Ixtapaluca, and Tlatlaya due to high rates of crime and insecurity, unless traveling directly through the areas on major thoroughfares. Avoid traveling on any roads between Huitzilac, Morelos, and Santa Martha, Estado de Mexico, including the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park and surrounding areas.

Guanajuato (includes San Miguel de Allende and Leon): No advisory is in effect.

Guerrero (includes Acapulco, Ixtapa, Taxco, and Zihuatanejo): Personal travel to the entire state of Guerrero, including Acapulco, is prohibited for U.S. government personnel. Self-defense groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Armed members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and, although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable.

Hidalgo: No advisory is in effect.

Jalisco (includes Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Chapala): U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to areas that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas because of continued instability. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from personal travel to areas of Jalisco that border Zacatecas, intercity travel after hours, and from using Highway 80 between Cocula and La Huerta. U.S. government personnel are authorized to use Federal toll road 15D for travel to Mexico City; however, they may not stop in the town of La Barca or Ocotlan for any reason.

Mexico City (formerly known as the Federal District): No advisory is in effect.

Michoacan (includes Morelia): U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to the state of Michoacan, except the cities of Morelia and Lazaro Cardenas, and the area north of federal toll road 15D. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling by land in Michoacan except on federal toll road 15D during daylight hours. Flying into Morelia and Lazaro Cardenas is permitted for U.S. government personnel.

Morelos (includes Cuernavaca): U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel on any roads between Huitzilac in the northwest corner of the state and Santa Martha, Estado de Mexico, including the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park and surrounding areas.

Nayarit (includes the Riviera Nayarit coast, including the cities of Tepic, Xalisco, and San Blas): U.S. government personnel may travel to Riviera Nayarit, San Blas, Santa María del Oro, Tepic, and Xalisco using major highways. Intercity travel at night is prohibited for U.S. government personnel. Defer non-essential travel to other areas of the state.

Nuevo Leon (includes Monterrey): U.S. government personnel may travel outside the city of Monterrey only during daylight hours on toll roads. Between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., U.S. government personnel must abide by the Embassy-imposed curfew and remain within the municipal boundaries of San Pedro Garza Garcia or Santa Catarina (south of the Santa Catarina river). Travel to and from Monterrey airport is permitted at any time.

Oaxaca (includes Oaxaca, Huatulco, and Puerto Escondido): U.S. government personnel must remain in tourist areas and are not allowed to use public transportation in Oaxaca City. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling on Highway 200 throughout the state, except to transit between the airport in Huatulco to hotels in Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, and they are not permitted to travel to the El Istmo region. The El Istmo region is defined by Highway 185D to the west, Highway 190 to the north, and the Oaxaca/Chiapas border to the east and includes the towns of Juchitan de Zaragoza, Salina Cruz, and San Blas.

Puebla: No advisory is in effect.

Queretaro: No advisory is in effect.

Quintana Roo (includes Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum): U.S. citizens should be aware that according to Government of Mexico statistics, the state of Quintana Roo experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred.

San Luis Potosi: U.S. government personnel may travel outside the city of San Luis Potosi only during daylight hours on toll roads. Between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., U.S. government personnel must abide by the Embassy-imposed curfew and remain within the city of San Luis Potosi.

Sinaloa (includes Mazatlan): One of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations is based in the state of Sinaloa, and violent crime rates remain high in many parts of the state. Defer non-essential travel to the state of Sinaloa, except the cities of Mazatlan, Los Mochis, and the Port of Topolobampo. Travel in Mazatlan should be limited to Zona Dorada, the historic town center, as well as direct routes to and from these locations and the airport. Travel in Los Mochis and Topolobampo is restricted to the city and the port, as well as direct routes to/from these locations and the airport.

Sonora (includes Nogales, Puerto Peñasco, Hermosillo, and San Carlos): Sonora is a key region in the international drug and human trafficking trades. U.S. citizens traveling throughout Sonora are encouraged to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours and exercise caution on the Highway 15 corridor from Nogales to Empalme. Puerto Peñasco should be visited using the Lukeville, Arizona/Sonoyta, Sonora border crossing, and limit driving to daylight hours.

Due to illegal activity, U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to:

  • The triangular region west of Nogales, east of Sonoyta, and north of Caborca (including the towns of Saric, Tubutama, and Altar).
  • The eastern edge of the state of Sonora, which borders the state of Chihuahua (all points along that border east of Federal Highway 17, the road between Moctezuma and Sahuaripa, and state Highway 20 between Sahuaripa and the intersection with Federal Highway 16).
  • South of Hermosillo, with the exception of the cities of Alamos, Guaymas, and Empalme.  Defer non-essential travel east of Highway 15, within the city of Ciudad Obregon, and south of the city of Navojoa.

Tabasco (includes Villahermosa): No advisory is in effect.

Tamaulipas (includes Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico): U.S. citizens should defer all non-essential travel to the state of Tamaulipas due to violent crime, including homicide, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault. The number of reported kidnappings in Tamaulipas is among the highest in Mexico. State and municipal law enforcement capacity is limited to nonexistent in many parts of Tamaulipas. Violent criminal activity occurs more frequently along the northern border and organized criminal groups may target public and private passenger buses traveling through Tamaulipas. These groups sometimes take all passengers hostage and demand ransom payments.  U.S. government personnel are subject to movement restrictions and a curfew between midnight and 6 a.m. Matamoros, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, and Ciudad Victoria have experienced numerous gun battles and attacks with explosive devices in the past year.

Tlaxcala: No advisory is in effect.

Veracruz: U.S. government personnel must remain in tourist areas and are not allowed to use public transportation. Road travel should be limited to daylight hours only.

Yucatan (includes Merida and Chichen Itza): No advisory is in effect.

Zacatecas: U.S. government personnel may travel outside the city of Zacatecas only during daylight hours on toll roads. Between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., U.S. government personnel must abide by the Embassy-imposed curfew and remain within the city of Zacatecas.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mexico.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, at +52-55-5080- 2000 x4440, (5080-2000 for calls in Mexico City, 01-55-5080-2000 for long distance calls in Mexico) 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  After- hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +52-55-5080-2000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Also note that Acapulco was the 2nd and Tijuana the 22nd most dangerous cities in the world in 2017.

So if you still choose to go to Mexico for “fun,” you are forewarned!

~Eowyn

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Danish State TV burns effigy of President Trump

In 2015, a YouGov poll conducted for the Danish publication Metroxpress found that 1 in 2  or 50% of Danish citizens favored a cap on the number of Muslims permitted to live in Denmark. The poll, which specifically addressed immigration from non-Western countries, also found one in four Danes do not want the country’s population to be more than 5% Muslim. (International Business Times)

Denmark’s total population is less than 6 million, which means 1 in 2 Danes do not want the number of Muslims in Denmark to exceed 300,000.

Danish nationalists want even less.

In July 2016, as reported by the AP (via US News & World Report), officials of Denmark’s second largest political party — the anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party (DPP) — said the 270,000 Muslims in Denmark at the time posed a severe risk of harboring sympathizers to the Islamic State militant group, and that the party’s goal is to see Muslim immigrants in Denmark “as close to zero as possible.” As DPP immigration spokesman Martin Henriksen put it:

“Islam is a belligerent religion. One should not be blind that many who commit terror find inspiration in Islam. That is why there is a connection between the number of Muslims in a country and the general security risk.”

The DPP was condemned by Denmark’s largest party, the Social Democrats, and compared to — HORRORS! — then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Social Democrat lawmaker Lars Aslan Rasmussen, whose father is Muslim, said the Danish People’s Party’s position is “far out” and amounted to “religious discrimination, religious apartheid.”

Although compared to Sweden (see “Sweden on brink of civil war: 61 no-go Muslim zones; police chief pleads for help“), Denmark has experienced relatively less violence from Islamic migrants, nevertheless in February 2015, a Danish gunman of Palestinian descent killed a filmmaker and a guard at a synagogue and wounded five police officers before being fatally shot himself.

Denmark is also where Muslim migrants torture and kill cats for fun.

But none of that matters. Instead, to the Danish government, it is President Trump who is evil for installing a TEMPORARY travel ban of people from countries that are home to terrorists, i.e., Muslim-majority Middle-East countries.

And so, on June 23, 2017, taxpayer-financed Danish State TV (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) and Danish Radio celebrated Midsummer by burning a life-size effigy of President Trump in a bonfire.

Danish State TV told its viewers that the Trump effigy was burned as a “symbol of all the evil men in the world”. (10News)

When and if Denmark ever appeals to NATO or the United States for help with their Muslim “migrants,” America should turn a deaf ear and remind them of their malicious Trump-effigy burning.

~Eowyn

You’re a Nazi if you stand for free speech

A man peacefully holding a sign that says “The right to openly discuss ideas must be defended,” is verbally assaulted by Leftists, some wearing black masks to conceal their faces, and called “Nazi scum” who should get “off our street”.

Among the attackers are Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s Labour Pary and a member of Parliament (2:02 mark in video below), and Gary McFarlane, leader of Black Lives Matter UK (3:12 mark).

Corbyn has called for the UK government to bar President Trump from visiting the UK because of his executive order banning visitors from certain majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.

Let me see if I have this right —

People who call themselves “Progressives” act like regressive street thugs, attacking and calling a man “Nazi scum” for holding a sign defending the right to free speech and the open discussion of ideas.

Yet another case of the Left’s psychological projection and rank vileness.

Just imagine what these people would do to you if they attain and wield total power.

~Eowyn

Two men fight on Southwest plane, as other passengers flee

More “Fly the Nightmare Skies”….

On May 7, 2017, as Southwest flight 2530 was taxiing to a terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport for a layover, two young black men started punching each other, as other passengers seated nearby flee from the melee, while a woman can be heard screaming: “What’s wrong with you?”.

Flight 2530 to Oakland, CA, had originated in Dallas, Texas.

The Los Angeles Times reports that according to Burbank Police Department’s Sgt. Derek Green, officers arrested Chaz Cable, a 37-year-old Lancaster man, for misdemeanor battery. Cable is currently being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The airline issued a statement that three people were involved in the fight rather than two, and that “We’re grateful to our employees who quickly reacted to break up a fight involving three customers. One customer had minor injuries, but was able to travel onward. We have no other reports of injuries.”

It’s unknown who the other two people involved with the fight are or how it started.

See also:

~Eowyn

Two men fight in plane; stewardess choked

More fly the nightmare skies.

At around 6 p.m. on May 1, 2017, just before an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight was about to depart from Narita International Airport to Los Angeles, two men started a brawl as other horrified passengers looked on and a desperate stewardess tried to pull them apart before being “choked” by one of the brawlers.

A passenger, Corey Hour, took this cell phone video of the fight, which appears to show the man in the Hawaiian shirt was the aggressor.

The guy in the Hawaiian shirt yells “I will kill you!,” while someone in the cabin shouts, “Someone help! This guy is crazy,” as two female flight attendants try to break them up. Other passengers can be heard begging the two men to “please stop” as a baby cries in the background.

When Hawaiian shirt man walks away, the man in the black t-shirt shouts, “Get this guy off this plane!”

Just when the brawl appears to have stopped, Hawaiian shirt man charges back down the aisle and resumes throwing punches at the guy in black.

According to Japan Today, Corey Hour, who took the video, told the BBC that “The flight attendants actually got caught up in the mix and that’s when the video ends as I put my phone down and I actually got in the middle of everyone and confronted” Hawaiian shirt guy.

Hawaiian shirt guy is a 44-year-old American whose name has not been released. A member of the airport police told AFP that “The suspect, a U.S. citizen, was drunk and arrested after he injured [choked] an ANA official following the fight.”

The fight, as well as bad weather, forced ANA Flight 6 to delay the departure of the flight by one hour and 40 minutes.

H/t Daily Mail

~Eowyn

Delta Airlines pilot hit passenger fighting with another

More fly the nightmare skies.

On April 21, 2017, as a Delta flight was deplaning at the Atlanta airport, two feral women began fighting, exchanging fisticuffs.

A Delta pilot intervened to break up the skirmish by separating the women. He then grabbed one of them and hit her. The pilot quickly disengaged and walked away as both women were still on the ground.

TMZ obtained a cell-phone video of the incident.

TMZ was told that the two women knew each other and had gotten into a skirmish earlier on the airplane, that a Delta employee gave a supervisor the video almost immediately after the incident, and that some Delta employees were upset because security wasn’t called.

A representative for Delta told TMZ:

“We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation. Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident. The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning.”

The two women were eventually escorted away by a Delta employee. As they were walking away, police arrived. Neither of the women wanted to press charges against anyone.

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~Eowyn

Fly the nightmare skies: woman sues Delta for sexual assault by masturbating man

First, it was United Airlines dragging and injuring a paid passenger off an overbooked flight.

Then, it’s American Airlines’ male steward hitting a mom carrying two infants with a stroller.

Now it’s Delta Airlines.

A Michigan woman has filed a civil suit against Delta Airlines for its flight attendants doing nothing to stop a passenger, Christopher Finkley, 41, from masturbating and sexually assaulting her on a flight from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Detroit, Michigan.

Upon deplaning, Finkley was arrested.

Here’s the account of what happened on the Delta flight from the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan’s Sentencing Memorandum, Case No. 16-mj-30520, by Daniel L. Lemisch, Acting United States Attorney:

“On July 27, 2016, defendant Christopher Finkley boarded a Delta flight from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Detroit, Michigan, and sat in his assigned seat in first class. Within forty minutes of take-off, a flight attendant observed him masturbating with his penis exposed.

Before the plane landed, the defendant went to the back of the plane to use the bathroom because the first class bathroom was out of order. On his way back from the bathroom, he sat in an empty seat next to an adult woman (the ‘victim’ or ‘AV-1 5’). The victim was seated in the window seat, so the defendant sat in the aisle seat. Shortly after the defendant sat down, he placed his hand on the victim’s upper thigh and began to rub her bare skin. While he was doing this, the defendant told her that he ‘liked white women’ and asked ‘where’s your man?’ The victim told him to ‘please stop’ and stated ‘my kids are behind me.’ The defendant continued to touch the victim’s bare thigh and told her that he was massaging her leg.

Again, the victim asked the defendant to stop. He then put a part of his hand underneath AV-I ‘s shorts and continued to touch her. When the defendant realized the flight was landing sh01tly, he returned to his seat. After his return [to his assigned seat], he resumed rubbing his exposed penis, this time observed by a second flight attendant.

Upon landing, AV-I immediately texted her daughter and told her to stay in her seat because she was scared. The defendant was taken into custody and interviewed by FBI Special Agent Michael Thomas and Detective John Carmona.

During this interview, he admitted that he had two drinks before and during the flight. Initially, he stated that he did not intend to expose himself and that he was not masturbating—that the zipper of his shorts must have come down and he was attempting to zip it back up when the flight attendant walked by. The officers advised defendant of the statements that others made on the scene, and that he could be prosecuted for making false statements under 18 U.S.C. 1001. The defendant then admitted that he likes to sit with his hands in his pants and massage his penis, and called this ‘his happy place.’ He stated that on the flight, he thought he was covered with a blanket while doing this, but he guesses that he was not covered up well enough. He stated that he did not mean for the flight attendants to see his penis but that it is possible that they did. Defendant then admitted to touching AVu l on the outside of her knee and making a ‘caressing motion.’

Immediately after the incident, the victim was too distraught to make a statement. Officers reported that she was visibly upset and crying. The victim later explained that she was especially distraught because her fourteen-year-old daughter was supposed to sit in the seat that she occupied, but she had switched with her prior to the flight taking off. The victim feared that this could have happened to her daughter. She now suffers from anxiety when flying.”

In the Sentencing Memorandum, Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch notes that:

This is a serious offense. The defendant touched a woman on her bare thigh, putting parts of his hand underneath her shorts, without that woman’s permission. The defendant continued to do so after the victim told him to stop. The victim feared for her safety and for the safety of her children. That this offense took place on an airplane only escalates its severity. The victim did not have the ability to get up and walk away with the defendant seated in the aisle seat blocking her path. She was effectively trapped.

According to the Sentencing Memorandum, on November 2, 2016, Finkley pled guilty to simple assault in violation of 18 U.S.C, 113(a)(5) without a plea agreement. At the hearing, Finkley denied masturbating on the flight and denied exposing his penis. He only admitted to touching the woman’s leg, that his zipper had broken, that he does not wear underwear, and this is why his penis may have been exposed.

I can’t find a pic of Christopher Finkley in news accounts of this incident — in either WJBK Fox 2 or CBS Detroit or Mugshots.com.

So I did an online search for “Christopher Hinkley” and immediately found him on LinkedIn, where he identifies his occupation as “Auto Truck Transport” in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

That is consistent with his description in the Sentencing Memorandum:

“He completed high school and has held relatively steady employment as a commercial truck driver since 2007. (PSR 25-28). He is married with two children. (PSR 45). He denies any history of mental health or emotional health problems. (Id). However, he did admit to the FBI that his ‘happy place’ is to massage his penis with his hands and has, at least on this occasion, done so in public.”

The Sentencing Memorandum emphasizes:

“The defendant must be deterred. A custodial sentence of thirty days will reflect the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, promote respect for the law, and provide a just punishment that adequately addresses the lasting effects the defendant’s behavior caused the victim. Members of the public deserve to be free from the fear that they could be assaulted on an airplane.”

On March 28, 2017, the court recommended that Finkley be sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, followed by 6 months of supervised release.

According to a report by WJBK Fox 2, however, Finkley was sentenced for assault and indecent exposure and given only a seven day jail sentence and one year probation.

So much for the court-recommended sentence of 30 days in order to “reflect the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, promote respect for the law, and provide a just punishment that adequately addresses the lasting effects the defendant’s behavior caused the victim.”

Speaking to FOX 2, the victim’s attorney Jerry Acker said what the Delta flight attendants should have done, after they found out Finkley was masturbating and exposing himself in first class, was to monitor Finkley and not allow “that predator to run through the cabin” to sit next to and assault the victim.

Acker says he is negotiating with Delta to resolve this, and that if he can’t, a lawsuit will be filed.

Delta said the flight mentioned was operated by ExpressJet, a Delta connection partner. Delta and ExpressJet released a statement that they have no comment about the possible lawsuit.

~Eowyn