A version of this article originally appeared on VICE ASIA.
Here is a truly wild sentence: the obese American guy who made a splash in January of 2019 for forcing Taiwanese female flight attendants to wipe his ass after he took a dump on an EVA Air flight from LA to Taipei has been declared dead. The airline found out from their lawyer that the man had passed away sometime in March while on vacation in Thailand. At the time, the airline was trying to get in touch to inform him that he was banned from taking the flight he had dared to book with the same airline, going to San Francisco.
The unpleasant event that first made him infamous unfolded when the wheelchair-bound man threatened to piss all over the floor if the all-female cabin crew didn’t help pull down his trousers, claiming to be unable to do so himself because he'd hurt his right hand. He even slapped the hand of a crew member who tried to cover his genitals with a blanket, and asked for the toilet door to be left open while he took a shit because he had "difficulty breathing".
He then refused to leave the lavatory until someone came and wiped his ass. When an attendant put on three surgical gloves and took one for the team, he began to loudly moan: "Oh, mm, deeper, deeper." He then went on to insist that she didn’t do the dirty work properly and demanded she do it again.
The incident made the man the subject of a social media shitstorm, and a press conference at which a flight attendant cried while talking about the traumatising experience. The crew member said, "I'll never forget that moment: With his faeces still in the toilet, I had nowhere to escape."
The man also reportedly pulled a similar stunt back in May of 2018, shitting all over the seat when crew members refused to help him, peeing his pants and even demanding crew members wipe the juice he spilled on his crotch area.
The airline will reportedly refund the anonymous guy's family for his unused airfare.
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