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Suit: Flight Attendants Ignored Women After Sexual Assaults

One passenger says she wasn't allowed to switch seats
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2019 12:31 PM CST
Frontier Airlines faces a lawsuit from two women say employees offered no help after they were sexually assaulted by passengers on a flight.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(Newser) – A federal lawsuit says that flight attendants ignore requests for help from two women who said they were sexually assaulted on Frontier Airlines flights. The flight attendants did not report the assaults, the suit says, and in one instance wouldn't let the woman switch seats, the Denver Post reports. Law enforcement officers were not asked to meet the flight when it landed, the filing contends. Both flights were out of Denver, in October and November 2018, and both women say they were attacked by male passengers. Frontier would not give their names to the women, says the class-action suit, which was filed in Denver.

A Frontier spokeswoman would not comment on the lawsuit but said, "We have strict policies in place to proactively and appropriately respond to reports of misconduct and alleged crimes." A lawyer who specializes in such cases said it's not unusual for predators to just walk off the plane after an assault. One of the women told ABC that she was "completely humiliated and at a complete loss" after being assaulted. "You're in an enclosed space, you just want to get away and I went to the people who I thought would make it all right and they didn't," she said. (Read more sexual assault stories.)

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