Crazy new details emerged in the case of a female American Airlines passenger who claims her drunk seatmate followed her to the bathroom and raped her. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News she provides new information regarding the aftermath of her flight from Phoenix to New York last June. During the red-eye flight, the 31-year-old says that the man seated next to her already appeared drunk during boarding.
“My first thought was this guy’s drunk. He was super chatty. I’ve flown a lot. I’m used to people saying hello. This is the most anyone has sat down and started talking to me.”
The female passenger claims that although her seatmate was clearly drunk, the flight attendants continued to serve him alcohol. A few hours in she got up to use the bathroom and says the man followed her inside and raped her. She immediately reported the incident to the flight attendants who reacted by relocating her to a middle seat at the back of the plane. She claims they alerted authorities upon landing, but they simply took her to the hospital and didn’t take any action against the male passenger as the incident happened in the air and would have to be investigated by the FBI.
“I was feeling overwhelmed,” she said. “All of a sudden, I was thrown in a middle seat, bawling. On top of being sad and hurt and scared, I was also embarrassed.”
The female passenger now wants to sue American for allowing the drunk man to board the flight and for continuing to serve him drinks. Here’s the most outrageous part of the article, her attorney says that American responded with a letter in December calling her story a “nuisance claim” and offering her a $5k settlement!
“I’m coming out now because [American] hasn’t made it evident it wants to change this,” Lane said. “What’s going to stop this from happening again unless I make a big fuss about it?”
American followed up with the paper and had this to say:
“We want to apologize that we missed the mark on assuring Ms. Lane how seriously we take her complaint, the company has put new procedures in place in recent months that call for proactive passenger outreach from the customer relations department after reports of onboard disturbances, including sexual misconduct.”