A 30-year-old woman has slammed American Airlines for allowing a male passenger to masturbate next to her while she was asleep on a flight to Paris. Chloe King was on a flight from New York to Paris when she suffered the sexual offence, and was only made aware of it once she had woken up and a flight attendant alerted her to his disturbing behaviour. Chloe explained how the situation unfolded and was exasperated at the service she received from the airline.
“I was the victim of a sexual crime on a recent international American Airlines flight. I woke up right before landing to have a flight attendant call me to the back of the plane and inform me that the man sitting next to me had been masturbating beside me while I slept.”
Chloe was understandably upset that the airline did nothing to protect her and instead just let the incident happen and then notified her afterwards. However, it got even worse for the victim, as she was then asked to sit down next to the offender after she had complained about him.
“The woman to his other side saw it happen and asked to be moved, and the French Police had been notified to arrest the man upon landing - they just wanted to let me know. What they didn’t do was wake me up and move me to a safe place. What they didn’t do was accommodate my request — after informing me of the assault — to sit anywhere else on the plane for landing.
“Instead, they made me climb back over the sex offender, trapped between him and the window for the rest of the flight. I was shaking and crying and trying not to get sick. American Airlines, you knew what happened was criminal activity , therefore you had the offender arrested, yet you did nothing to stop the man’s actions or protect my safety in a horrifying situation.”
Chloe went on further to implore anyone thinking about travelling with American Airlines to choose a different company, due to the way that they treated her.
“You chose to treat the man committing the crime with far more respect than the unconscious woman sitting beside him. As humans, we deserve more than that. So please, choose any other airline.”
In response to the large amount of press that Chloe’s post is receiving, American Airlines issued a statement saying that they are “reviewing the situation”.
“American always strives to maintain a safe and comfortable travel experience for all of our customers. We are reviewing how we handled the situation on this flight, and have reached out directly to Ms. King. During the flight, our crew requested that French law enforcement meet the aircraft in Paris. Upon arrival, French officials interviewed the male passenger regarding the allegations.”
To be honest, it’s a pretty weak response from the Airline, who have seemingly decided not to apologise for the terrible ordeal that Ms King had to experience, or for their lack of action at the time that the incident took place.