It was only during an inquiry into the incident that it emerged that the 31-stone American national had died while on holiday at the notorious Thai resort of Koh Samui.
Airline spokesman Cheng Chao-yang said in a press conference this week that the company had decided to take action against the tourist over the scandal. The man was set to be blacklisted by carrier EVA Air.
Cheng said they attempted to contact the tourist, who has not been formally identified for legal reasons, through a lawyer in the US but were told that he had died in early March while on a lengthy holiday on the Thai island of Ko Samui.
Koh Samui is a popular holiday destination and is particularly favored by sex tourists. The man was reportedly flying from Los Angeles to Taiwan’s Taoyuan airport when he requested that flight attendants help undress him in the business class lavatory.
He allegedly threatened to relieve himself on the floor if they did not assist him. The passenger was scheduled to take EVA Air flight 212 from Bangkok to Taipei on 17th May before dying of an as yet undisclosed illness.
He added that the two flight attendants involved, who both say that they were traumatized by the horrible and humiliating incident in January, are both on extended paid leave.