Air passenger arrested for allegedly raping a woman in business class mid flight

An air passenger has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman in business class.

The British passenger was said to have forced the woman to have sex while others slept on the flight from Newark, New Jersey, to London.

His alleged victim complained to United Airlines cabin staff during the flight and they called ahead to report the allegations to police.

Met officers boarded the jet at Heathrow Terminal 2 at 6.30am on Monday, Jan 31.

The 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape and led off the plane.

He was taken into custody at Heathrow police station, where his dabs, mugshot and a DNA saliva sample were taken.

Officers carried out a full forensic search of the luxury cabin. The man was later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

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