A British air passenger has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman in business class on an overnight transatlantic flight.
The woman said she was attacked by the 40-year-old man while others slept on the flight from Newark, New Jersey to Heathrow.
She complained to United Airlines cabin staff who called ahead to report her claims to police, according to The Sun.
Crew called ahead to alert police about the incident.
Scotland Yard said it boarded the jet at Terminal 2 to arrest the suspect on suspicion of rape at 6.30am on Monday, January 31.
Officers conducted a search of the luxury cabin while the man was taken into custody at Heathrow station.
There, scans of his fingerprints, a mugshot and DNA samples were taken. He has since been released under investigation.
According to the newspaper, sources said the two people were sitting in different rows in the cabin, in which return-flight tickets cost as much as £3,000.
They appeared to be strangers, but during the flight had been talking with each other and drinking together at the bar in the cabin’s lounge
“The parties were apparently unknown to each other beforehand but had apparently been seen talking to each other and drinking during the flight,” the source said.
Speaking to The Sun, the source praised the police for taking the woman’s accusation seriously, and confirmed officers had examined the location on the plane the alleged attack had taken place.