Frontier Airlines has announced two female passengers allege in a federal lawsuit they were sexually assaulted in separate incidents in 2018 on Frontier Airlines flights and that airline personnel failed to report the incidents to police and help them gather evidence, the company said.
The suit, filed in Colorado, relates the two women´s accounts of apparently unrelated sexual assaults aboard Frontier flights originating in Denver. Each woman says she was assaulted by a male passenger during a flight, one in October and the other the following month. The accused assailants´ names are not listed in the suit.
Both women reported the respective incidents to a flight attendant, according to the lawsuit. But the flight attendants, who also are not named, did not report the incidents to anyone else, did not request law enforcement be contacted to meet the plane upon landing and did not cooperate or assist the complainants with getting evidence or the identities of the assailants or possible witnesses.
The lawsuit asks for class-action status and accuses Frontier of failing to have and/or follow policies and procedures to prevent, report and respond to sexual assault of its passengers on its flights.
Sexual assault aboard flights is a growing concern for law enforcement. FBI investigations into midair sexual assaults increased by 66% from fiscal year 2014 to 2017. The bureau said it had opened 63 investigations into sexual assault on aircraft in 2017, compared with 57 in 2016, 40 in 2015 and 38 in 2014.