In a jarring turn of events, Alexander was cuffed and allegedly voiced that the "President of the United States [Donald Trump] says it's ok to grab women by their private parts".
According to the FBI, Bruce Michael Alexander, 49, groped a female passenger at least two times during a Sunday flight from Houston to Albuquerque.
The woman said she fell asleep shortly after takeoff and woke up when she felt Alexander's hand grab her right breast. Around 30 minutes later, she felt someone grab her again.
Alexander was arrested by agents at Albuquerque International Sunport.
When interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on the ground, Alexander denied groping anyone and said he had slept through most of the flight and was sober.
A man arrested for allegedly groping a woman on a Southwest flight said the "president of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts", according to an affidavit for his arrest. After calling a flight attendant, C.W. was seated elsewhere.
His defense comes in reference to a 2005 Access Hollywood tape that recorded a conversation between Mr. Trump and then-host Billy Bush in which the future president used sexist and disparaging language about women as Bush laughed along. Bruce was charged with abusive sexual contact for "touching a passenger's breast without their permission" when police detained him in Albuquerque on Sunday.
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A statement from Southwest said customer service supervisors and police were requested to meet the flight "due to reports of a customer's alleged inappropriate behavior onboard".
The video was released in October 2016, after Trump became the Republican nominee for president.
Authorities said several of Alexander's fingers had "dark buildup underneath the nail and appeared dirty".
On Oct. 16, federal agents say, Justin Riley Brafford, 29, of Texas was on a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas and he wouldn't stop touching a woman, playing footsie with her and asking her to go out on a date.
The Southwest spokesperson told The Post the airline is "continuously reviewing and updating our training as necessary", but declined to share any specifics.
He remains in custody, with his preliminary hearing scheduled for today.