Man who filmed up flight attendant's skirt freed due to jurisdiction loophole
A man who was arrested on Sept 10 for filming up the skirt of a cabin attendant on a Japan Airlines flight will not be charged due to a jurisdiction loophole, police said Saturday.
The 34-year-old man, from Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, allegedly used a hidden camera shaped like a pen to film up the skirt of the 27-year-old cabin attendant on a JAL flight from Takamatsu to Haneda, TBS reported.
According to police, the case is rare in Japanese legal history because each prefectural division of Japan has its own laws on such crimes, making prosecution difficult.
Eventually, it was decided to use the estimated time of the incident to calculate that the man was over Hyogo airspace when the act occurred, making him subject to prosecution in Hyogo Prefecture.
However, prosecutors in Hyogo said Friday they were unable to conclusively pinpoint the exact time that the man filmed up the woman’s skirt and said that it could have been over any one of three prefectures, TBS reported.
During police questioning, the supect was quoted as saying that he got turned on by female flight attendants’ uniforms.