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Man sues Delta after 'visibly intoxicated' woman touches his thigh, asks to 'lay on top of' him during flight

The woman allegedly drank white wine and began harassing the man a few hours after the plane took off
UPDATED FEB 12, 2023
(Representational Image/James D Morgan/Getty Images)
(Representational Image/James D Morgan/Getty Images)

ALBANY, NEW YORK: A man is suing Delta after a woman allegedly sexually harassed him during a flight from Greece to New York. The lawsuit claims the woman harassed the passenger, who sat next to her, almost forcing an emergency landing. The woman was "visibly intoxicated."

The man accused the passenger of commenting on his "big muscles," massaging his neck and touching his inner thigh. She also allegedly “asked if she could lay on top of me in a ‘non-sexual way,'” court papers say. The man said she should not have been allowed to board Flight 203 from Athens to Kennedy Airport. He is suing Delta for not taking his complaints seriously and overseeing the woman. "He was ignored because he is a male,” the Brooklyn Federal Court complaint says, according to New York Post.


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What happened on the flight?

During August 1, 2022, flight, the woman allegedly drank white wine and began harassing the man a few hours after the plane took off. The man said she told a friend she had downed a Xanax. “When we spoke she reeked of alcohol, smelled worse than walking into a bar,” the victim said in a statement via Mark Shirian, his lawyer. Court papers claim a flight attendant apologized for the passenger's behavior but "said he could not do anything about it."

Woman allegedly assaults Delta staffer

The victim eventually had no choice but to sit on a folding chair while the woman, drunk, allegedly assaulted a Delta staffer. The cabin crew announced as many as three times that an emergency stop may have to be made in Boston due to the incident, the man alleged in the legal filing.

The flight reportedly landed at JFK instead and the woman was eventually put in handcuffs. The victim has said he now has “extreme anxiety when flying.” He is seeking unspecified damages.