|Chelsea Schiffel, who says she was groped on a United Airlines flight (Picture: Facebook)|
A teenager who says she was groped by an elderly man on a plane says the airline has suggested she was ‘asking for it’. Chelsea Schiffel, who was 15 when she claims she was touched inappropriately, has criticised United Airlines for its response – in which the company pointed out she was wearing ‘extremely short shorts’.
Her family has tried launching legal action against the airline, but has been hampered by lack of evidence. Chelsea said the man touched her breasts twice after her mum got up on a flight between LA and Sydney in July 2014. She and mum Narelle, 42, demanded to be moved to different seats, but were told to return to the same place.
|Chelsea Schiffel (Picture: Facebook)|
|United Airlines defended itself against legal action|
Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports that in a letter to Chelsea’s family, the airline wrote: ‘The flight attendants and passengers also stated that you and your daughter were allowed to move to other seats several times, that Chelsea repeatedly moved in and out of her seat, crawling over the other customer who was attempting to sleep, and that your daughter wore extremely short shorts.
‘You have provided no evidence of any negligence on the part of United regarding this matter.’
Chelsea said what she was wearing was irrelevant, stating: ‘For me it comes across, by them saying that, (it) feels like they were telling me that I was asking for it.’
- Metro, UK