MINNEAPOLIS- A Minneapolis woman, Alison Petri, is taking legal action against Delta Air Lines (DL) and an off-duty pilot, alleging that he groped and kissed her without consent during a flight.
Seated next to the pilot, Petri claims he began drinking during the flight and proceeded to touch and kiss her, persisting even after being repeatedly told to stop, as reported by KARE 11 News.
Delta Sued for Harassment by Pilot
In her lawsuit, Petri asserts that she informed a flight attendant about the pilot’s inappropriate behavior mid-flight. However, the flight attendant allegedly provided the pilot with a fifth can of wine instead of intervening.
“You can’t leave on an airplane. So, if you’re being assaulted, you really are dependent on the crew doing the right thing. And they didn’t. And then they continued not to do the right thing,” Petri stated.
Upon disembarking, Petri promptly informed the gate agent and reported the incident to the airport police.
Initially facing charges of 5th-degree criminal sexual conduct and disorderly conduct, the woman had the former charge dropped by the prosecutor when the pilot agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and admit to physical contact.
In Petri’s filed lawsuit, she alleges that Delta attempted to conceal the harassment she experienced from the pilot.
This purported cover-up includes a reference to a Facebook Messenger chat where one of the flight attendants allegedly advised the pilot to “stick with your story” while acknowledging that she kissed Petri.
According to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court in October 2023, a passenger on a Delta Air Lines (DL) flight allegedly consumed numerous alcoholic drinks, including at least 10 vodka drinks and a glass of wine, before inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl and her mother.
The lawsuit claims that during the almost 9-hour flight from New York (JFK) Airport, the flight attendants “blatantly ignored” the pleas for help from the affected passengers, even when they requested the passenger’s alcohol service to be stopped.
According to media reports, when the mother expressed her concern, a flight attendant dismissed her complaint and told her to “be patient.”
The man, whose identity remains unknown, claimed to be from Connecticut. He went to the restroom and could be heard vomiting before returning with a glass of wine, as stated by the mother and her daughter.
Rather than relocating the intoxicated man to a different seat, a flight attendant allegedly instructed him to stop communicating with the victims.
This resulted in an angry and profanity-laden outburst from the drunk passenger. Using offensive language, He verbally abused the mother and her 16-year-old child.
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