American Airlines passenger who claims she was raped in bathroom sues carrier
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A woman who says she was raped by a drunk passenger aboard an American Airlines flight has sued the airline.
An American Airlines passenger who says she was raped in the bathroom on an overnight flight from Phoenix to New York is suing the carrier.
Aubrey Lane, 32, claims the airline continued to serve drinks to her seatmate even after he was visibly drunk.
That man, she said, ultimately became her attacker, following her into the lavatory and sexually assaulting her.
“Knowing the clear dangers of intoxication and the sexual assault threats especially on red-eye flights, American Airlines offered no protection to Aubrey Lane, nor provided any of the enhanced common carrier duties,” read the complaint.
According to reports in the US, her allegation was initially dismissed as a nuisance claim and the alleged rapist was not stopped when the plane arrived at JFK Airport.
American Airlines offered Lane $5,000.
In a statement, the airline said: “We want all of our customers to have a safe, positive travel experience with us and we are deeply troubled by any allegation of misconduct onboard our aircraft or at any of our facilities.
“If our crews discover or are told about any alleged illegal misconduct that may occur on the aircraft, law enforcement is contacted and will meet the aircraft upon arrival.”