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A Flight Was Diverted Because A Man Allegedly Tried To Kiss A Sleeping Teen Girl

The 23-year-old man was arrested on assault charges.

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The flight took off from Portland at 12:45 p.m. local time, bound for Anchorage, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesperson Brian DeRoy said.

But during the flight, a 23-year-old man allegedly attempted to kiss a 16-year-old girl sitting next to him.

"Upon learning about the incident, the flight crew acted swiftly and separated the two passengers and the flight was diverted into Seattle," Alaska Airlines spokesperson Ann Zaninovich told BuzzFeed News.

The airline declined to provide further details out of respect for the girl's privacy.

"The male was cooperative when arrested," said DeRoy.

The girl stayed on the aircraft when it departed from the airport at 3:02pm. The man was to be sent to the King County jail for booking.

The incident comes a week after a 26-year-old man was charged with abusive sexual contact with a minor when he allegedly groped and touched a 13-year-old girl on a flight from Dallas to Portland.

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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