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Frontier Airlines Facing Class-Action Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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Frontier Airlines is facing a federal class-action lawsuit in Colorado after the carrier was accused of failing to “prevent, report and respond to sexual assaults.”

According to Fox Denver, the lawsuit filed on Monday on behalf of two women who claim they were sexually assaulted during Frontier flights but the attendants on duty never reported the alleged perpetrators to any law enforcement.

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The women want Frontier to “improve their policies and procedures for handling passenger-on-passenger sexual assault allegations,” in addition to seeking monetary damages related to the incidents.

One of the victims claimed she was sexually assaulted by a passenger sitting next to her on a red-eye flight from Denver to Florida in 2018, while the other victim said she was groped by a man sitting behind her during a late-night trip from Denver to Rhode Island last year.

Both women claim they contacted flight attendants on duty, who failed to report the incident to any higher authority within the company or contact the police. The victims each reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation once they landed.

While Frontier declined to comment on pending litigation, a spokesperson for the airline released a statement to Fox Denver:

“The safety of our passengers and crew members is our number one priority at Frontier Airlines and we have strict policies in place to proactively and appropriately respond to reports of misconduct and alleged crimes.”

In a similar incident on an American Airlines flight, Colorado resident Aubrey Lane filed a lawsuit against the carrier for failing to protect her from a drunk passenger who raped her on a red-eye flight from Phoenix to New York in 2017.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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