A New Jersey woman claims a group of FAs on American Airlines conspired to ruin her wedding, discreetly opening an overhead bin in-flight and dousing her white wedding gown in red wine.
Yewande Oteh was flying from Philadelphia to Montego Bay, Jamaica in August 2015. Her 31-page lawsuit claims that at check-in an AA agent advised her to carry-on her wedding dress rather than check it.
At the gate, she was assured she would have access to a closet to properly hang her dress.
But once onboard, she was denied the use of the closet and encountered a “rude” and “aggressive” FA named Melanie Masters.
The wedding dress was laid in an open first class overhead bin and the bride to be sat toward the front of the economy class, keeping an eye on the bin during the flight.
The lawsuit alleges that during the flight FAs gathered around the overhead bin storing the wedding dress. Later, Masters allegedly opened the overhead bin with her right hand while holding something in her left hand. This happened a second time and no other passenger allegedly opened up the bin during the flight.
Here’s where the story gets a bit odd. Apparently Oteh and her fiancé forgot to take the wedding dress after the flight but were not allowed back onboard. Montego Bay ground staff had to retrieve it from the aircraft.
Oteh pulled out her dress from the garment bag and found it stained in red wine and therefore ruined. I’m assuming this took place on the jet bridge.
When confronted, Masters reportedly snickered and stated “something must have spilled inside of the wedding bag.”
The lawsuit for $3.5mn, claims Oteh suffered “severe diarrhea, dehydration and depressive symptoms” as she frantically searched for a replacement dress.
American issued a short statement–
We are reviewing the lawsuit.
There are a couple things I don’t understand. First, how can you leave your wedding dress onboard if you were watching it the entire flight? Second, does the delay in filing reflect an attempt to work out the situation amicably with AA or a tactic to make fact-finding harder?
Let’s see how this case develops. I’m skeptical a FA would open a garment bag and deliberately ruin a wedding dress, but we’ve seen worse.