Man weighing 31 stone ‘forces plane cabin crew to strip him and wipe his bum’

The man took up three adjoining seats on the EVA Air flight from Los Angeles, California, to Taoyuan in Taiwan

A 31-stone man allegedly forced a flight attendant to undress him in a plane lavatory and wipe his backside during a long-haul flight.

The man, who has not been named, was moaning with pleasure at the time, the flight attendant today said.

Speaking at a press conference, the woman – surnamed Kuo – said: “I told him we couldn’t help him, but he started yelling.

“He told me to go in there immediately and threatened to relieve himself on the floor.

“As the passenger’s genitals were now exposed, one of my colleagues brought a blanket, which I used to cover his modesty.

“But he very angrily slapped my hand away, saying he didn’t want it and only wanted me to remove his underwear so he could use the toilet.”

The incident took place during on an Eva Air flight from Los Angeles, California, to Taiwan’s Taoyuan airport on January 19.

Kuo said she had to help the passenger, whom she estimates weighed 31.4stone, to wipe his bottom.

He allegedly then began moaning in pleasure as the chief attendant obeyed while wearing three pairs of latex gloves.

Kuo, who was holding onto the passenger to keep in steady, recalled: “He said: ‘Oh, mmm, deeper, deeper,’ and then accused my chief attendant of not properly cleaning his backside, requesting that she do it again.”

The passenger allegedly soon said: “You can pull my pants back up now.”

He boarded the plane on a wheelchair and requested he be given three adjoining seats in economy class due to his size.

As the flight was not full, he was granted his request, which later allegedly escalated to a demand to use the plane’s business class lavatory because he would not fit in the economy cubical.

EVA Air, which only employees female cabin crew, has said in a statement its staff are not obliged to accept demands from passengers – even those requiring special assistance.

However, the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union, which is representing Kuo and her colleagues, argue that the problem is systemic, stemming from a service industry culture that frowns upon those who do not meet the customer’s every demand.

The union has suggested two solutions: ban the passenger and others like him, and begin hiring male cabin staff.