A woman is suing Delta Airlines after a drunk passenger allegedly groped her breasts in front of a flight attendant who did not offer assistance because the man was a “platinum member.”
According to DailyMail.com, Ayanna Hart, 45, was traveling with her daughter from Los Angeles to Denver on May 12. While sitting in the first class cabin, the drunk passenger groped her three times and touched her left breast, Hart said.
While on the flight, Hart noticed a man she described as being white and in his late 20s or early 30s sitting in a single seat. She said the man seemed drunk and began singing loudly.
Soon after noticing him, Hart said the man reached across the aisle and groped her.
When another passenger complained about the passenger’s behavior, the flight attendant allegedly said, “Don’t worry about him, he’s platinum medallion status, he flies with us all the time.”
And when Hart, who works for an LA-based production company, deplaned, the flight attendant apologized for the passenger “flirting with her.”
“I was so angry and so disgusted by the time I got off the plane,” Hart told DailyMail.com. “Before I could say anything [to him], the attendant turned and said to me, ‘I’m so sorry [the alleged assailant] was flirting with you’.”
Hart plans to sue the airline after failing to get an apology and blasted the company for defending the passenger because of his status.
“I didn’t know that if you have platinum status, you’re allowed to sexually assault people on a plane. I didn’t know that was one of the perks you get,” Hart told DailyMail.com.
After returning to LA, Hart contacted attorney Marc Randazza, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to start a case.
Randazza, 47, says he will file a lawsuit next week if Hart does not receive the apology she wants and plans to ask for punitive damages.
“Delta had a duty to maintain a safe environment for its passengers. It failed to do that by failing to control what happened on the plane,” Randazza said. “That is both in terms of how this guy was behaving when they had the ability to put an end to it and also by over-serving him with alcohol, thus contributing to the problem. Then, after being given multiple occasions to do something about it, it seems the real thing they did about it was endorse it [by not stopping the man].”
Delta has not yet responded in regards to the situation.
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