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March 14, 2008

Woman files lawsuit against AMR because passenger next to her masturbated while she slept

A 21-year-old Harris County woman filed a $200,000 lawsuit against American Airlines alleging employees on a flight to Los Angeles from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport failed to protect her while she slept from another passenger who masturbated to her and ejaculated in her hair, according to a lawsuit she filed last week in Tarrant County.

The Harris County woman alleges employees knew of the risks associated with failing to “police the passengers to ensure that passengers do not hurt one another,” the suit states.
Airline officials did not return calls seeking comment. In a statement to a Houston television station last year, a spokesman said the company regretted the incident, but the flight crew took appropriate action.

The woman and her lawyer could not be reached for comment. The Star-Telegram does not identify victims of sexual crimes.

Destined for a Spring Break visit with family and friends March 19, the woman flew from Houston to DFW Airport and had settled into her seat for the last leg of flight 2074 to Los Angeles about 11 p.m., the suit states. The woman slept most of the flight, but awoke about 20 minutes before landing when the pilot announced the plane was on descent into Los Angeles. When the woman opened her eyes, she saw that an unknown man had moved into the seat next to her and was staring at her as he masturbated, the suit states.

The woman turned toward the window in embarrassment and in an act of nervousness began to run her fingers through her hair where she noticed “a substantial amount of an extremely sticky substance in her hair,” the suit states.

The woman began to cry and tried to get the attention of a flight attendant, but was unsuccessful, the suit states. Finally a passenger in the row in front of the woman comforted her and verified the semen in her hair, the suit states.

When the plane landed, employee called airport police and the man was arrested.
The suit alleges that the during the investigation, American Airlines employees told police they witnessed the man move from his assigned seat into the row where the woman was sleeping.
The woman is seeking punitive damages and a jury trial.

-- Melissa Vargas

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Rangie

How were the flight attendants supposed to stop him? If your a 50something 120lb stewardess are you really going to confront a grown man who's crazy enough to be jerking off on strangers?

Tim (Gilbert, AZ)

Another frivolous lawsuit. If the man had masturbated in her hair while she dozed off on a park bench, what corporation would she have blamed ?

Gross

Yes, that's horrible, but it's not the airlines fault. They don't have resources to patrol every passenger on the flight, and I would hate if they did. Imagine being unable to move from your seat from the duration of a flight.
She should sue the pevert who did it, but I guess there's not as much money to be had from that.

Dave Dufour

Huh? This is what her lawyers are going for. The airline personnel perhaps should have noticed, but keeping in mind there are a lot of passengers on most flights, they can't keep track of absolutely everything. Who could have predicted a marauding masturbater?

In any case, the person at fault is the guy doing his business in the woman's hair. HE owes the woman big time. Lawyers always look for someone to blame, and it's usually the person with the deepest pockets, not necessarily the truly responsible party. Disgusting all the way around.

Mimi

What! I would have beaten him so badly we would both go to jail. I would have taken off my shoes and gone buckwild. Geez...

serg

Wow..that's so horrible yet so hilarious! If he was sitting next to me,(im a guy) there would have been a fight right then and there. I would risk being arrested. The cops would have understood why I beat his a$$.

Anonymous

And why not file suit against the creep who did this?? (Or does her attorney perceive AA has deeper pockets and will just quickly settle out of court anyway?) I think what happened to her is beyond DISGUSTING, but why not make the perpetrator responsible first & foremost. What a sicko this guy must be. He's lucky he wasn't next to me. Of course, I'm an old toot and he wouldn't have been interested in the first place. But if I'd awoken and found this creep doing this, I would have gouged him in his eyes immediately. That would have put a quick stop to his "activity".

serg

Wow..that's so horrible yet so hilarious! If he was sitting next to me,(im a guy) there would have been a fight right then and there. I would risk being arrested. The cops would have understood why I beat his a$$.

Jeff

This is beyond horrific - but, this is what transpires in a country that is mesmerized with the garbage that the left wing "money at all cost" Hollywood morons produce. Think: THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY !!!

Appalled

That's just SICK!! She should have pivoted around and just STOMPED into his nuckin' futs!

Shocked!!

shouldn't she be suing the dude that did this and not the airline? did she arrive safely and on time? hope the dude got arrested. if he did this in the waiting area would she still think the airline was responsible?

tom

Wow! I read another story awhile ago just like this! I dont think their is any way to stop something like this? It is sick, and unfortunately, it makes it tough for the airline since people move around in planes all the time. As for the Seaman, that is real sick! Wow, how can someone do that?

Fred

Give me a break. Talk about frivolous lawsuits.

While I fully understand the trauma the girl must have gone through, to ask $200k for semen in her hair is just ridiculous.

Because of this now all airlines will probably disallow passengers from changing seats during flights. That would be a shame. Sometimes on a crowded flight changing seats is the only way you can hope to get a decent seat where you aren't crammed between passengers far from the aisle.

Lawyers and people's greed... history will show that these were single-handedly most responsible for the decline and fall of the American empire.

keats79

OMG!!! That is horrible, I agree. People change seats all the time. Changing seats is not a safety issue. The cabin is dark for sleeping. Sue the creep, it is not the airline's fault.

Average Joe

Who is the jerk who did this? Why is he not named? Where's his photo? This clown should be shamed.

Lame Cherry

Why doesn't this woman sue the school system which has been since Bill & Hillary Clinton and Jocelyn Elders sexually indoctrinating 5 year olds on the above subject.
Normal people are being turned into perverts and then by online sites like Literotica which list garbage stories like this are being turned into sexophiles all with the help of Hugh Hefner and Hollywood.
I will bet her flight had sexual magazines by "mainstream" media and sexual movies from "mainstream" media.
This woman's lawyer needs to not stop at American Airlines, but needs a 200 million dollar lawsuit. Gov. Switzer of New York can be her star witness as sexophile maniac of the DNC.
Bring in Larry Craig, because if he was not set up he can claim the media and airlines steamed him up so he got into trouble in pervert Minneapolis.
Gee, another airport being a brothel for sex.
Sue lady sue and sue them all.

Kenyon

yes this horrible.

but the woman sueing the airline is like someone sueing the city they live in because they got mugged.

the man getting arrested, serving some time in lockup, getting fined, and being registered as a sexual offender is all that needs to be done.

in fact... sue the man that shot the wad.

lonestarwolf

I'm not surprised at all by this. Maybe if airlines would do something about the steep decline in attractiveness of their stewardesses over the years, then guys would stop feeling the need to do this to innocent fellow passengers.

Hewolfv

... Let me guess, Was the suspect's name Clinton?

Kenyon

yes this horrible.

but the woman sueing the airline is like someone sueing the city they live in because they got mugged.

the man getting arrested, serving some time in lockup, getting fined, and being registered as a sexual offender is all that needs to be done.

in fact... sue the man that shot the wad.

Winterychain

Terrible. Bring these people to justice.

delacroix

how is the flight attendent supposed to know that the man was not invited to sit with the lady. do we want to be accosted by a flight crew at every turn. the man should be castrated but the airline is not responsible.sue the man if you like but its the deep pockets she is after

jumboloan

I change seats all of the time on a plane. That is not suspicious behavior. It is ridiculous to blame AMR based on hindsight. The only one responsible is the man who did this.

werker

Sue the "Testoteroni" not the airline. It is not illegal or bad etiquette to change seats. Asking permission is appropriate. Can the young lady prove willful negligence on the part of the attendants? Did others know this was going on and not alert the attendants? If so sue them. I want attendants who first see to the safety of the passengers. If you sleep on the flight which I have done you give up some personal security issues. Some flights are like cattle cars and disgusting even without this creep next to you. Maybe we fly too much. Fly half as often and pay for two seats when you fly!

Anon

Was the guy arrested? If not, why not?

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