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Monday, October 4, 1999 Published at 08:43 GMT 09:43 UK


'Mile high' couple charged

The pair were held by police at Manchester Airport

A man and a woman have been charged by police after allegedly carrying out a sex act in the business class section of a transatlantic jet.

Under new laws originally brought in to tackle "air rage", the pair are accused of conduct causing harassment, alarm or distress.

David Machin, 40, and Amanda Holt, 37, are also charged with outraging public decency and being drunk on board an aircraft.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Manchester.

The pair were arrested at Manchester Airport after the pilot of the Boeing 757 radioed ahead with complaints of "lewd and drunken behaviour".

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