A female passenger has been offered 5,000 free travel miles after American Airlines failed to take action against a man who fondled himself next to her during a flight.
The unidentified victim was traveling from Orlando to Dallas last week when the accused began talking to her and told her that he was going to visit his daughter and grandson.
Afterwards, he asked her if she wanted a drink, which she promptly refused.
Not long after the conversation, the victim saw the man with his hands down his shorts and facing her.
She told Action News Jax: ‘He was looking directly at me and, like, his body kind of pivoted and (was) facing towards me.
‘I can see that his fingers were up his shorts, and they were raised all the way up to his groin area. And he was just, like, fondling himself.
She was able to record the entire incident on her phone.
The unidentified victim was traveling from Orlando to Dallas last week when she saw the accused with his hands down his shorts and facing her (pictured with her back to the camera)
She said: ‘He was looking directly at me and, like, his body kind of pivoted and (was) facing towards me’
‘I was, like, you know what now, like, what do we do from here? Like, do I file an incident report? Like, you know, do I get an escort? Like, something, because I feel unsafe at this point,’ she continued.
As soon as she understood what was happening, she approached a flight attendant and told her of the situation. The attendant moved her seat to one in the back of the aircraft.
As soon as she understood what was happening, she approached a flight attendant and told her of the situation. The attendant moved her seat to one in the back of the aircraft
The victim further told the channel that once the flight landed, the attendant did not notify any authorities at the airport and no action was taken against the man.
She ended up calling the American Airlines customer service, who simply told her that she needed to file an online report.
While their solution to the problem was not much, the victim expected that filing the online report would lead to police action being taken against the man.
She was wrong.
The airline sent her a letter that said that ‘safety is our top priority’ and offered her five thousand bonus miles as a ‘kind gesture’.
The victim said in the interview: ‘As a courtesy for your experience on the flight, we’re going to reward you 5,000 miles, which I thought was such a slap in the face.’
The airline sent her a letter that said that ‘safety is our top priority’ and offered her five thousand bonus miles as a ‘kind gesture’
Officials also told her that since the incident occurred in the air, the FBI would investigate the case
After being disappointed by the airlines’ response, she approached law enforcement officers in Dallas, who told her that the airlines had not followed protocol.
Officials also told her that the FBI would investigate the case since the incident occurred in the air.
In 2018, the FBI investigated 27 cases of sexual assault on aircraft. In 2022, the number of reported sexual assaults more than tripled to 90.
About 62 cases have been registered in 2023 and officials believe that the number of sexual assault cases happening on aircrafts will exceed the previous year.
In such cases, the airlines are meant to register the complaint with officials instead of the victim.