An angry mother is suing Southwest Airlines after she claims the airline continued to serve alcohol to a drunk man who groped her teenage daughter.
A Horrific Southwest Airlines Groping Lawsuit
In a lawsuit filed in Dallas, the mother claims that Southwest continued to serve alcohol to a man named Anthony Ryan who was “visibly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol when he boarded the plane.”
“Instead of refusing service, Southwest’s flight attendant served beer after beer to the increasingly obnoxious Ryan. Even after telling Ryan that he needed to ’slow down’ the flight attendant continued to supply him with alcohol.”
The incident occurred last December on a flight from Las Vegas and San Antonio. The mother was traveling with three children, including a five-year-old, 13-year old, and 15-year-old. Her 13-year-old was sitting a few rows ahead.
The lawsuit claims the man had consumed “at least” seven alcoholic beverages in a Las Vegas airport bar before boarding the flight. Onboard, he was served three more beers and a tequila.
Ryan began flirting with with the 13-year-old girl. The lawsuit clams:
“Each time the flight attendant served Ryan a drink, he became more flirtatious and aggressive. Near the end of the flight, Ryan began fondling the 13-year-old plaintiff’s breasts under her blanket and reached his hand between her legs.”
Ryan was moved to the back of a plane when the mother of another 13-year-old complained when the man began running his hand through her hair.
The lawsuit claims the girl was too “afraid and embarrassed” to report the man.
Southwest Airlines, as expected, will not comment, citing the pending litigation.
What a horrible story.
The incident occurred before (and was probably a catalyst for) Southwest Airlines changed its in-flight announcement urging passengers to report any “unwanted behavior.”
I expect a very big settlement here. Rightfully so.
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