A Chicago area father is suing Southwest Airlines, alleging his 14-year-old son was forced to sit next to a woman who allegedly made sexual advances toward the boy and offered him illegal drugs during a flight to Florida.
The suit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, claims that the flight attendants didn’t protect the boy during the July 13th, 2008 flight from Chicago to Orlando.
“My client was a 14-year-old little boy when he was aggressively, sexually pursued by an older passenger who offered him drugs, who wanted sex from him,” said Chicago attorney Jeffrey S. Deutschman.
“He went to the bathroom four times, he asked to move and he was told to take his seat,” Deutschman said.
The boy was so “shaken” he refused to take the return flight home alone, the suit states.
“His father had to fly down and bring him back,” Deutschman said.
The suit claims the airline was negligent and failed to “remove the adult female who was obviously intoxicated and/or under the influence of other drugs.”
A spokesman for Southwest Airlines declined comment.
"I do not understand how an airline today, in this post-9-11 world would permit a passenger to be abusive to a small child," Deutschman said.
The family is seeking at least $50,000 in the personal injury lawsuit.
Cook County Reporter
July 12, 2010
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