PHOENIX – A woman has sued American Airlines who says she was sexually assaulted during a flight from Phoenix to New York, referring to failure to protect her and overcome the alleged attacker.
Aubrey Lane, 32, said in court documents filed Wednesday that a full male passenger followed her into a plane room on June 16, 2017 and sexually assaulted her.
Lane sued for unspecified damages to be determined by a jury.
The federal lawsuit filed in the state of New York said the man seemed to have drunk before embarking on the plane.
He continued to order four vodkae and two beers during the flight. Another passenger sat nearby said Lane and the man had talked, but as "the conversation became higher, more irregular and more unpleasant" the witness alerted the cabin crew.
Legal papers contained a statement from a passenger who said Lane had told her or he the man had forced himself into the toilet and sexually assaulted her in two hours in the plane.
"Knowing the clear dangers of substance abuse and sexual assault threats especially on red-eyed airplanes, American Airlines offered no protection to Aubrey Lane," said the lawsuit.
The airline said in a statement to KTAR News 92.3 FM :
We will thoroughly consider Ms Lane case processing when we receive it. We wish all our customers to have a safe, positive travel experience with us and we are deeply concerned about any accusations of maladies aboard the aircraft or at any of our facilities. If our crew detects or is told about alleged illegal negligence that may occur on the aircraft, the police will be contacted and will meet the aircraft upon arrival. In all cases of default between two passengers, we will immediately separate them from and request law enforcement meeting the aircraft, which is our standard protocol. It is up to law enforcement to decide what if any criminal activity took place. "
Lane had also drunk, according to another passenger's statement.
The Daily Mail of London reported that the airline offered to settle the cost of $ 5000.
Lane and her husband Jesse, who lives in Colorado, accused the carrier of continuing to service someone who broke the alcohol policy posted in you International Air Transport Association's 2015 Guidance on Unfortunate Passenger Prevention and Management:
"Airlines should authorize their land personnel and crew members to refuse boarding for passengers where there is reasonable reason to believe that their faculties are impaired by alcohol in one degree that will endanger the plane, to persons on board (crew or passengers) or to passengers themselves. "