Infuriating! Delta Air tossed a woman some travel vouchers after she complained of sexual assault onboard.
When Delaney Eva Luh boarded her flight from Chicago to Los Angeles on June 16, she did not think it would be out of the ordinary. But a series of events onboard has brought more light into how airline companies seem to disregard policies in handling incidences of sexual assault onboard the plane.
Luh tweeted that she was seated between two male passengers (whom she did not know), and as is normal for relatively long haul flights, she dozed off.
To her horror, she was awoken when one of her seatmates, who she identified as ‘Will’, was shoving his hands down her leggings.
“In a state of panic, I freaked out and begun crying to get the flight attendants attention,” she tweeted. “Once I calmed down, they changed my seat for the remainder of the 2 hours left and told me they would handle the situation when we landed.”
Luh said she was ‘made to believe’ that once the plane landed, she would be safely escorted off the flight and the perpetrator arrested.
But to her dismay, she later learned that the man who she claimed sexually assaulted her was let off the plane and had already left the airport.
Delta crew then issued her a $200 travel voucher, which by the way didn’t even cover the cost of her flight.
Luh added that when Los Angeles police officers arrived, they said that Delta had not followed protocol when it came to cases such as hers.
Luh also took to Twitter to encourage other victims of sexual assault to not let their abusers go unpunished.
“Don’t let society and fear keep you quiet. This behavior is not acceptable,” she wrote.
Yahoo reported that on Saturday, the airline issued an apology and requested Luh to correspond with them privately in the hopes of making the situation “right.”
Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter called the assault and how it was handled “unacceptable,” in an interview with local news station KTLA.
“The incident was reported to local and federal law enforcement shortly after the aircraft landed. We have reached out to Ms. Luh for more information on this incident.”
Yahoo further noted that according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reported cases of sexual assault on airplanes have been on the rise, and that between 2014- 2017, sexual assault cases increased by 66%.
Brian Nadeau, assistant special agent in the Baltimore FBI division, who talked with who talked with Yahoo has said that the figure was probably just a conservative estimate, given that many victims don’t report their abuse.
“The attacks generally occur on long-haul flights when the cabin is dark. The victims are usually in the middle or window seats. The victims are usually sleeping and covered with a blanket or jacket,” Agent Gary Loeffer also told Newsweek.