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Female Passenger Sexually Assaulted On United Flight After Crew Member Repeatedly Served Perpetrator Double Shots of Vodka

Female Passenger Sexually Assaulted On United Flight After Crew Member Repeatedly Served Perpetrator Double Shots of Vodka

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A 51-year-old frequent flyer is suing United Airlines after she was sexually assaulted by her seatmate on a three-and-a-half-hour flight from Orlando to Denver last October. The victim says United is partially responsible because a flight attendant repeatedly served the perpetrator double servings of vodka and orange.

In a lawsuit filed in a Colorado district court, the victim claims the flight attendant gave the alleged perpetrator at least nine servings of alcohol and started to serve doubles in larger glasses as she grew ‘frustrated’ at the man’s requests for more alcohol.

United is responsible, the lawsuit claims, because the airline knows that over-serving passengers is the cause of some inflight sexual assaults, and, the suit continues, United managers are aware that the result of supplying liquor to passengers in large quantities is that their seatmates could be sexually assaulted.

The victim, who has applied to be identified only as Jane Doe, was flying in First Class between Orlando and Denver on October 2, 2022. Sitting in seat 1A at the front of the aircraft, the victim initially had a ‘pleasant conversation’ with the perpetrator sitting in 1B before he became ‘highly intoxicated’.

Once in flight, however, the “assailant requested drink after drink”, the lawsuit claims. Specifically, the assailant was drinking Screwdriver cocktails – a mix of vodka and orange juice.

Every time the flight attendant passed, the assailant would ask for another drink, causing the crew member to become frustrated at repeatedly needing to serve another drink. To avoid walking to and fro from the galley, the flight attendant started serving the assailant ‘doubles’ in larger glasses.

Soon after, the victim had to get up to use the restroom and at this point, the assailant put his hand on her back without consent. A little later, the assailant placed his hand on the victim’s leg, but despite being told to stop, the assailant continued to touch the victim.

In fact, as the flight continued, the lawsuit alleges that his unwanted touching started to escalate. At one point, the assailant even grabbed the victim’s barefoot and started to rub it, while another time, the assailant touched the victim’s back and asked to give her a massage.

The victim started to cower into the window to avoid the assailant, but this didn’t seem to stop him, as he reached over her and placed his mouth over her’s in an attempt to kiss her.

By this point, the victim was ‘petrified’ and unable to move for fear that would provoke more sexual assaults.

United refunded the victim’s ticket after hearing about what happened, and an agent even allegedly admitted that it was ‘unacceptable’ for a flight attendant to serve a passenger so much alcohol.

“United management officials know that a foreseeable consequence of supplying liquor to passengers in such large quantities that they become inebriated is that neighboring passengers will be sexually assaulted,” the lawsuit alleges.

“United’s flight attendant repeatedly served the Assailant “doubles” so that she would not have to walk over to him frequently, but in the process endangered Ms. Doe,” the lawsuit continues.

The victim says she has been left suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and now avoids air travel or any kind of social gathering, as a result of the assault.

A spokesperson for United declined to comment, citing the fact that the litigation was still ongoing.

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  • “To avoid walking to and fro from the galley, the flight attendant started serving the assailant ‘doubles’ in larger glasses.” How lazy was the flight attendant? Seat 1B, where the assailant was sitting, is right next to the first class galley, one or maybe two steps away. I’m appaled.

    • Frank, you are the problem. You know absolutely nothing about this situation other than what a plaintiff trying to make money is saying, yet you are already appalled by the flight attendants behavior. I gather you don’t believe in the concept of innocent until proven guilty. There has been no trial, no 3rd party eye witness testimony, no depositions, simply an unknown woman making a claim. This woman could be a pathological money grabbing liar or she might be totally honest. Tell me Frank, what has allowed you to make the determination that the latter is true? Does putting quotes around her claim make it true? And sexual assault? There don’t seem to be any claims of touching private areas or is touching someone’s back or asking for a massage sexual assault? I’m so glad your clairvoyance has allowed you to verify the claims before trial while I am sitting here like a dope thinking we should wait to see the evidence before believing the claim of someone I know nothing about simply because they made it.

  • American gold diggers … How about a swift kick in the balls & immediately getting out of one’s !st class, front row seat and reporting the boorish behavior to a flight attendant ? Nah…. easier to try to cash in for a payday….

    • Tell me you don’t have a damn clue about sexual assault and its trauma without telling us you don’t have a damn clue about sexual assault and its trauma.

      “I would have this, I would that” – shut the hell up. No one cares what you would have done. Drunken Mcdrunkface wouldn’t have grabbed your ass at 35,000 feet so what you think you would have done is not only not relevant, you wasted everyone’s time telling us.

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