Houston woman sues American Airlines after claiming she was sexually assaulted during a flight to Paris and the crew did NOTHING to help
- A woman from Texas claims to have been sexually assaulted on an American Airlines flight and crewmembers have done nothing to help her
- The woman traveled to Paris with her husband who was not with her
- She took medicine and fell asleep, but woke up with pain in her genital area
- She claimed that a man next to her touched her and threatened to silence her
- In a lawsuit, she said she had warned the crew that they could do nothing and could not move her to another seat due to overbooking on the plane
A woman from Texas claims to have been sexually assaulted on an American Airlines flight and crewmembers have done nothing to help her.
The woman from Houston filed a lawsuit against Iberia Airlines and American Airlines in May at the Tarrant Court.
However, the case has now been moved to the US court in the northern district of Texas in Fort Worth.
In May 2017, the woman said, she and her husband traveled to Paris on an Iberia Airlines flight from American Airlines.
A woman from Texas claims to have been sexually assaulted on a Iberia Airlines flight operated by American Airlines. She says that American Airlines and crew have not done anything to help her
Her husband was not with her and was & # 39; multiple rows & # 39; away, according to the lawsuit obtained by the Forth Worth Star Telegram.
She claimed that she took painkillers that were prescribed after a recent operation and then fell asleep.
She said that she later woke up with pain in her vaginal area and the man who sat next to her put his hand near her genitals.
When she tried to push his hand away, he tried to silence her with a threatening gesture.
She then got up from her seat to warn crew members, but they couldn't do anything until the plane landed.
According to the lawsuit, she was told that she could not move seats because the flight was overbooked.
She was then forced to sit next to the man and & # 39; sobbed silently and tried to calm herself not to alert her husband who was sleeping. & # 39;
The crew tried not to stop the man when the plane landed in Paris, according to the lawsuit.
The woman later left her trip because she said she was not emotionally equipped to stay on vacation with her family.
The woman's case has now been moved to the US court in the northern district of Texas in Fort Worth. The Federal Courthouse is shown
An American Airlines spokesperson said the company is committed to providing all our customers with a safe, positive travel experience & # 39;
The airline offered to change its return flight free of charge after contacting Iberia Airlines about the alleged attack, the court said.
The woman claimed that she had told American Airlines about the attack when she returned to the US, but they did nothing to help her.
& # 39; If our crews discover or are told of an alleged illegal misconduct on the aircraft, law enforcement officers will be contacted and they will meet the aircraft on arrival & # 39 ;, said an American Airlines statement.
& # 39; It is up to the police to determine whether criminal activities have taken place. & # 39;
According to FBI figures, 63 cases of sexual abuse during the flight were reported in 2017, compared to 38 in 2014.
Crimes on board aircraft fall under the jurisdiction of the FBI and with sexual attacks, agents describe elements of these crimes as strikingly similar.
According to the FBI, the attacks usually take place on long-haul flights when the cabin is dark.
The victims are usually in the middle or near the window, sleeping and covered with a blanket or jacket. They report waking up with the hands of their companion in their clothing or underwear.
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