It’s so funny (not hahaha funny) how, just when I was seriously considering taking a flight on Spirit, things keep happening to let me know that I really shouldn’t. Last week it was the guy who had the 3 bad experiences on the airline. And now it’s Spirit’s response (or lack thereof) when one of their passengers accused another passenger of sexually assaulting her while in flight.
Tia Jackson, a 22-year-old Biology major, told CNN that she and her friend were on a flight to their home town to Detroit when she fell asleep on the plane. Her friend had the window seat, Tia was in the middle and a man was in the aisle seat. She fell asleep leaning on her friend, with her back to the man.
She woke up minutes before the plane was getting ready to land and felt the man next to her touch her. At first, she thought it was an innocent mistake and maybe he had just bumped her, but then she said the touch changed and she felt the man’s hand on the inside of her back of her pants, touching her thigh and buttock.
“He had taken his coat off,” Jackson told Detroit Fox 2. “I thought he had his coat on him, to cover him because he was cold. But he really had it over him to hide that he was trying to touch me while he was also touching himself.”
Jackson jumped up and pushed the call button, while yelling at the man to stop touching her.
The flight attendant came over quickly and offered to move her seat but Jackson didn’t want to leave her friend. Besides, she wasn’t the one who has caused any problems, he was. So why should she move?
She said she told the flight attendant, “He touched my bare ass! He needs to be moved!”
The plane was preparing to land by this point, so neither passenger was moved.
While they were being deplaned, Jackson said she told the pilot what happened; he suggested she tell the gate attendant.
Upon exiting the plane, she was disappointed that the airline had not summoned the police to talk to her, the man, or any potential witnesses. She said she felt ignored and mistreated, so she filed a report with the airport police.
Spirit’s side of the story is a little different.
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