Woman sexually assaulted on American Airlines flight got no help from crew, suit says

September 6, 2019


Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives. 

A Houston woman said she was sexually assaulted on a flight to Paris operated by American Airlines and received no help from flight attendants or crew members, according to a lawsuit.

The woman originally filed a lawsuit against Iberia Airlines and American Airlines in May in Tarrant County court. On Tuesday, the case was moved to U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth. Neither airline responded to the original suit, according to the lawsuit.

The Star-Telegram is not naming the woman because it does not identity victims of alleged sexual assault.

In response to the suit, an American Airlines representative said in a statement the company is committed “to providing a safe, positive travel experience for all of our customers.” 

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