A man was arrested for allegedly molesting a flight attendant and taking a selfie against her will.

Mohammed Abubakar from Gujarat was travelling on a Jet Airways flight from Damam to Mumbai in India when he reportedly violated aviation rules shortly after take-off.

A flight attendant wrote in a complaint that he had grabbed her hand and said "C'mon man, take a selfie" to her, the Times of India reported.

She said he continued to misbehave throughout the flight and then "crossed the limit by grabbing me by the shoulder and forcefully taking a selfie".

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After the flight attendant raised her voice to complain, other cabin crew members responded and Abubaker allegedly went into the toilet and lit a cigarette.

Sub-inspector VS Pawar told the Times that cabin crew warned Abubakar and asked him to hand over his cigarettes and lighter.

"A probe is on to know how he cleared the security check with an inflammable item like a cigarette lighter. By smoking on board, he endangered several lives. His mobile phone has been seized and will be sent to the forensic sciences laboratory (FSL)."

Abubakar was charged with outraging the modesty of women, endangering life or personal safety of others and breaking safety regulations.

- nzherald.co.nz