A lawsuit alleges that a drunk passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight between New York-Kennedy (JFK) and Athens, Greece (ATH) sexually assaulted a mother and daughter.
According to the New York Post, the alleged attacker:
- “frightened” the teen by putting his hands on her back, making “obscene gestures,” screaming, and demanding she tell him her address and other personal information, the family claims.
- told the mom he “did not care” the daughter was a minor.
- gave the mother and daughter a brief reprieve by heading to the bathroom to “loudly” puke before returning with a glass of wine, they contend.
The accused apparently consumed 11 drinks, too. Lovely.
When the mother complained to a flight attendant, she was purportedly told to “be patient.” And when she insisted Delta contact law enforcement, the mother said a flight attendant instructed her to “calm down and think about it.”
There are some even more lurid details you can read here. The offending passenger was not detained upon landing in Athens.
The $2,000,000 lawsuit says Delta compensated the mom and 16-year-old young lady 5,000 SkyMiles each. The Post says, “Delta declined to comment on the lawsuit but insisted it ‘has zero tolerance for customers who engage in inappropriate or unlawful behavior.'”
I’m curious what the cabin crew says about this situation. If they told the mother to “be patient” and “calm down and think about” calling the police, was the whole tale made up? Exaggerated? Do they know the passenger and are covering for him?
And is 5,000 SkyMiles some admission of wrongdoing on the airline’s part? If so, that’s pretty bad.
Elsewhere in the Travel World
The Points Guy’s Zach Griff (who I enjoy chatting with at lounge openings and such) was upgraded to a jump seat during a recent flight. (For us aviation nerds who don’t get to experience that sort of thing, it’s an upgrade 🙂 ).
Paris “smells like piss, cheese, and armpits” — and there’s a social media movement to make sure people are aware that the city isn’t as glamorous as it seems.
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