The FBI identified the man as Samuel Oscar Gonzalez, 20, of Lakewood, Washington. He was charged in federal court with simple assault, a misdemeanor.
The incident occurred on the redeye Monday morning from Seattle to Minneapolis. The woman was headed back to college.
Near the end of the flight, the FBI said Gonzalez sat next to the woman as she was trying to sleep. He touched her, which she described as spooning, lifted her shirt and then got up and left. Court documents said she felt a warm fluid on her back, clothes and seat after he walked away.
The woman told the flight attendants about the incident. They moved her to another seat and called police from the air. The crew also moved the man to a seat near the front of the plane until the end of the flight.
The employee was reportedly an off-duty baggage handler. Hmmm. Sounds like he had his own carry-on bag. Airline officials are hoping to come up with a solution to beat this problem.