A drunk male passenger sexually assaulted a woman and her teenage daughter on a nine-hour Delta Air Lines flight.
Flight attendants on the flight “blatantly ignored” the pair’s pleas for help — including a demand to stop giving the abuser alcohol — according to a $2 million lawsuit filed against the airline in Brooklyn Federal Court, reports The New York Post.
The lawsuit has accused the airline of gross negligence and requests compensation for the victims. As per the court documents, the attendants on a 9-hour flight from JFK Airport in New York City to Athens, Greece continued to serve the man drinks despite him being noticeably drunk and belligerent.
The lawsuit claims that the drunk man behaved aggressively toward the plaintiffs and escalated into inappropriate touching over a nearly nine-hour flight.
Drunk Passenger Sexually Assaults Mom, Teen Daughter On US Flight
According to the court papers, the intoxicated person was seated close to a mother and her daughter. After a few beers, the man attempted to speak to a 16-year-old girl and started yelling at her after noticing that she was ignoring him. In addition to making "obscene gestures," the man sought her address and other details about her.
According to the lawsuit, the man allegedly frightened her by placing his hands on her back.
When the teen's mom intervened and told him that her daughter was a minor, the man grabbed the woman's arm and muttered, "I don't care."
The incident took place on July 26, 2022 flight.
"What happened to them during a flight was not just a nightmare, it was completely preventable," the plaintiffs' lawyer, Evan Brustein, said, according to The New York Post.
When the woman demanded to change their seat, the flight attendants allegedly said that there was nothing they could do. Moments later, a male passenger volunteered to switch seats with the teen girl and sat between the intoxicated man and her mother for the rest of the flight.
Once the plane landed, the flight attendants offered the woman and her daughter 5,000 free airline miles and an apology.
Delta declined to comment on the lawsuit but told Fox Business that it “has zero tolerance for customers who engage in inappropriate or unlawful behaviour.”
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