Delta Air Lines faces United-style PR headache over sexual assault on flight

Woman files lawsuit against Delta Air Lines claiming flight attendants did nothing to stop her being sexually assaulted

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines (Stock image)

Friday, April 28, 2017

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines as she claims flight attendants did nothing to stop her from being sexually assaulted on a plane.

Rhonda Costigan, of Garden City, Michigan, filed the lawsuit in relation to the behaviour of Christopher Finkley, who was convicted last month of simple assault and indecent exposure over two separate incidents on a flight to Detroit from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Costigan's lawyer claims Delta staff first witnessed Finkley touching himself shortly after take-off, and did nothing apart from call staff in Detroit to ensure police would be at the airport to arrest him.

It is alleged that Finkley was then allowed to move to the back of the aircraft, sidle up next to the woman and touch her thighs, refusing to stop when she asked him to. Again, it is claimed that staff did nothing.

When Finkley appeared in court in November he pleaded guilty to simple assault, however denied masturbating on the flight, claiming instead that his zip was broken and he doesn't wear underwear.

He did admit to touching the woman's leg and was sentenced to seven days in jail and one year of probation.

Delta Air Lines has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

The incident comes amid the ongoing furore surrounding United Airlines and David Dao, who was unceremoniously removed from a flight in an incident which went viral. Dao has now received an undisclosed amount of compensation from the airline.