United Airlines has had to start training its cabin crew on how to deal with passengers who think it is ok to watch in-flight pornography on their personal devices, creating uncomfortable situations for those sitting near them.

It comes after the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation released details about in-flight porn viewing being a rising on United Airlines flights.

“In recent years, incidents have soared of passengers viewing hardcore pornography on their personal devices (even in front of children) in tight, closed quarters, leaving fellow passengers and flight crew feeling unsafe, emotionally triggered and victim to sexual harassment,” National Centre on Sexual Exploitation commented.

The United Dreamliner 787

The United Dreamliner 787

“Many reports expressed that United Airlines’ flight attendants appeared to be particularly ill-suited for these situations.”

National Centre on Sexual Exploitation

The watchdog even called United out on times where their flight attendants did not intervene when men “satisfied themselves” while watching pornography onboard.

United Airlines has responded to the findings by promising to give flight attendants the appropriate training to crack down on this unsavoury behaviour.

“The safety of our customers and colleagues is our top priority. Sexual harassment, inappropriate behaviour, intimidation or predation have absolutely no place anywhere in our society — including, and especially, in our industry and on our aircraft,” the airline said in a statement on endsexualexploitation.org.

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“In 2018, we strengthened our training for flight attendants to recognize, address and respond to instances of sexual harassment of any kind on board our aircraft and will continue to adapt and enhance this training moving forward,” they commented.

“We recognize the need to continue the discussion among all of our work groups to further ensure that our policies reflect our values and safeguard those travelling with us”.