Drunk Delta Passenger Sued for Sexual Assault on Mother and Teen Daughter During Nightmarish 9-Hour Flight
The family has filed a lawsuit claiming that flight attendants aboard the flight from JFK Airport to Athens, Greece, ignored their pleas for help and continued to serve alcohol to the abuser. The shocking incident has raised questions about passenger safety and the responsibility of airline staff in such situations.
In a disturbing incident that took place on July 26, 2022, a man aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from JFK Airport to Athens, Greece, allegedly drank at least 10 vodkas and a glass of wine before engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior towards a 16-year-old girl and her mother. According to the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, flight attendants "blatantly ignored" the family's pleas for assistance, including requests to stop serving alcohol to the intoxicated individual.
The man's alarming behavior reportedly began by frightening the teenage girl with inappropriate physical contact, obscene gestures, and demands for personal information. Despite the mother's complaints, a flight attendant dismissively advised her to be patient. Instead of addressing the situation appropriately, the staff allowed the man to continue his drunken state and even served him more alcohol.
Throughout the flight, the man's conduct escalated, leading to a profanity-laced outburst directed at the mother and daughter. Despite the distressing situation, the flight attendants failed to take appropriate action, merely instructing the man to stop talking to the victims.
The terrifying ordeal culminated in a shocking incident when the man allegedly sexually assaulted the teenage girl, sliding his hands under her shirt and touching her inappropriately. In response, the girl and her mother jumped out of their seats in panic and demanded that the flight attendants contact the police. However, their pleas were met with inadequate responses, asking them to "calm down and think about it."
Upon landing, the flight attendants offered a mere 5,000 free airline miles as an apology for the traumatic experience, failing to notify local authorities about the alleged sexual assault.
The family's lawyer, Evan Brustein, emphasized that the distressing incident could have been entirely preventable had the flight staff taken immediate and appropriate action.
The shocking incident aboard the Delta Air Lines flight has raised significant concerns about passenger safety and the responsibility of airlines in handling potentially dangerous situations. With a $2 million lawsuit filed against the airline, the case underscores the importance of training flight personnel to address issues related to passenger behavior, especially when it poses a threat to others' safety.
Delta Air Lines has stated its commitment to zero tolerance for inappropriate or unlawful behavior by customers. However, this incident serves as a stark reminder that more robust protocols and measures may be needed to ensure the safety and well-being of all passengers during their flights.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the case may prompt airlines to reevaluate their policies and procedures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. Passenger safety should remain a top priority for airlines, and swift and appropriate action must be taken to protect passengers from potential harm or harassment during their travel experiences.