In a rather disturbing tale of a flight from the United States to Paris, a woman on board the transcontinental flight claims the man sitting beside her continuously masturbated while American Airlines staff refused to stop him.
The woman now claims she was the “victim of a sexual crime” on the transatlantic flight has urged travellers to boycott American Airlines.
Chloe King was a passenger on board an overnight flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle. She said she was in a window seat in a row of three, with a man in the middle seat and another woman at the aisle.
She wrote on her Medium page, “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.”
Miss King says she was not only appalled that when the incident was first reported by another passenger that American Airlines employees did not wake her immediately “and move me to a safe place”, but that they allowed the man to continue masturbating angrily while he stared at her while she slept.
She says that after she was informed, she asked to to be moved somewhere else on the plane for landing, but was refused, which she says is the American Airlines crew encouraging the man as well as oppressing her rights as the victim of a sex crime.
“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.” said Miss King.
She went on to say, “I’ll never know what exactly happened on that flight, but I do know I’ll never feel completely safe flying again. Add an American Airlines airplane to the long list of places where, as a woman, I will feel anxious and vulnerable.”
Ms King works in public relations and is also the lead social media manager at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. So she obviously is aware enough to take her rants to the internet to inform others.
She closed out her writing to state that, “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.”
In the final line she typed, “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.”
American Airlines issued it's own statement saying, “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.”
The man was detained by French Authorities upon the plane's arrival in France, the airline said.