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Frontier Airlines No Action on In-Flight Sexual Assault Class Action

“The prevalence of passenger-on-passenger in-flight sexual assault is a well-known, and growing, problem,” says the complaint for this class action. It bring suit against Frontier, Inc. for “failure to have and/or follow policies and procedures to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assault of its passengers on its flights.”

The Nationwide Class is all passengers who flew on Frontier flights between December 16, 2017 and the present.

The complaint alleges that “in 2018, the FBI issued a warning—to airlines and the public at large—that the number of sexual assaults reported during commercial airline flights has been increasing ‘at an alarming rate.’”

The action is brought by two plaintiffs. The first, Lena Ramsay, alleges she was assaulted by a male passenger on a Frontier flight on October 20, 2018. She reported it to a flight attendant. However, the complaint says, the flight attendant did not allow her to switch seats to move away from the man and did not report the incident to anyone else. Also, the complaint says, “Frontier failed to cooperate and assist Plaintiff Lena Ramsay with evidence concerning her assault, including refusing to provide her (or the FBI) with the identities of her assailant and potential witnesses.”

The second plaintiff is named only as Jane Doe. She alleges she was assaulted by a male passenger on a Frontier flight on November 30, 2018. She reported the assault to a flight attendant, she says, but the flight attendant did not report the assault to anyone else. Again, the complaint says, “Frontier failed to cooperate and assist Plaintiff Jane Doe with evidence concerning her assault, including refusing to provide her with the identities of her assailant and potential witnesses.”

According to the complaint, “[t]he International Air Transport Association reported 812 incidents during 2018 that were categorized as inappropriate behavior, such as touching, sexual harassment, physical aggression, or indecent acts.” 

These incidents fall under the jurisdiction of the FBI, which reports a 66% increase in investigations from 2014 to 2017.

The FBI described a similarity to these crimes: “The attacks generally occur on long-haul flights when the cabin is dark. The victims are usually in the middle or window seats, sleeping, and covered with a blanket or jacket. They report waking up to their seatmate’s hands inside their clothing or underwear.”

However, the complaint reports that airlines generally do not respond as they should, sometimes forcing women to continue to sit beside their assailants, not reprimanding the assailant, letting him deplane without even identifying him, and making victims wait for hours, while they inform only the local police, who do not have jurisdiction.

The complaint points out that Frontier takes measures against passengers who exhibit violent or disruptive behavior, and it claims that Frontier can and should “implement and enforce policies and procedures” to deal with in-air sexual assault as well. 

The complaint alleges negligence and willful and wanton conduct, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Frontier Airlines No Action on In-Flight Sexual Assault Complaint

December 16, 2019

“The prevalence of passenger-on-passenger in-flight sexual assault is a well-known, and growing, problem,” says the complaint for this class action. It bring suit against Frontier, Inc. for “failure to have and/or follow policies and procedures to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assault of its passengers on its flights.”

frontier_passenger_sexual_assault_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Frontier Airlines No Action on In-Flight Sexual Assault Complaint

December 16, 2019

“The prevalence of passenger-on-passenger in-flight sexual assault is a well-known, and growing, problem,” says the complaint for this class action. It bring suit against Frontier, Inc. for “failure to have and/or follow policies and procedures to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assault of its passengers on its flights.”

frontier_passenger_sexual_assault_complaint.pdf
Tags: Airlines, Lack of Passenger Assistance, Sexual Assault