A woman is suing Delta Airlines after she claimed that a drunken passenger groped her on a flight but the air steward would not do anything about it because the man was a “platinum member.”
Ayanna Hart was flying with her teenage daughter when the man, who she described as drunk, groped her three times and threw a pillow at her. When another passenger complained, the air steward reportedly replied, “Don’t worry about him, he’s platinum [medallion] status – he flies with us all the time.”
Hart said that when she left the aircraft, the attendant apologized, saying he was sorry the man was “flirting” with her.
“I was so angry and so disgusted by the time I got off the plane,” Hart told DailyMail.com. “Before I could say anything [to him], the attendant turned and said to me, ‘I’m so sorry [the alleged assailant] was flirting with you.”
“I said, oh that’s what you call this? I was so mad – I just needed to get off the plane,” she added.
Hart said that she frequently flies with Delta but does not have medallion status with the program.
“I didn’t know that if you have platinum status, you’re allowed to sexually assault people on a plane. I didn’t know that was one of the perks you get,” she said.
She added, “It’s hard for me to say if I will fly Delta again. It doesn’t give me confidence in them at all but I don’t know if any airline is any better. I just don’t know.”
Since she has failed to get an apology from Delta over the incident, Hart is now set to sue them over the incident.