Father Sues Airline Claiming His Son, 6, Was Sexually Assaulted Throughout Layover

Father Sues Airline Claiming His Son, 6, Was Sexually Assaulted During Layover

(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A person in Florida is suing one among Latin America’s largest airways, saying his 6-year-old son was sexually assaulted by an airline worker whereas touring as an unaccompanied minor from Brazil to the U.S.

The daddy filed the negligence lawsuit Monday in opposition to LATAM Airways in federal courtroom in Orlando, Florida.

In an announcement, a spokesman for LATAM stated the corporate hadn’t acquired a summons associated to the lawsuit. “Nevertheless, it takes any allegation of this nature critically and can absolutely cooperate with any ensuing investigation,” the assertion stated.

In 2018, the boy’s mom put him on a LATAM flight from Belo Horizonte to Sao Paulo with the expectation that her son would then switch to a Florida-bound flight, in accordance with the lawsuit.

The boy had his Brazilian and U.S. passports, in addition to airline paperwork, in a plastic folder round his neck. Sooner or later, a flight attendant eliminated the folder and positioned the paperwork within the boy’s backpack. The boy was handed off to a different LATAM worker when he landed in Sao Paulo, however the flight attendant uncared for to inform the worker the place the journey paperwork have been, the lawsuit stated.

As a result of they couldn’t discover the paperwork, Brazilian Federal Police refused to let the boy on the connecting flight. By the point the airline worker discovered the paperwork within the backpack, the Florida-bound flight had taken off, in accordance with the lawsuit.

The airline determined to place the boy up at a close-by resort the place 4 airline staff took turns supervising him over 15 hours. One of many staff — a person — sexually assaulted the boy, the lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit stated the airline failed to coach its staff, decrease dangers and supervise its staff.

“LATAM, and the airline business usually, had precise information of the danger to unaccompanied minor youngsters throughout prolonged layovers, and that unaccompanied minors who’re negligently cared for may lead to assaults of youngsters,” the lawsuit stated.

The Related Press usually doesn’t title individuals who say they’ve been sexually assaulted.

A spokeswoman for the daddy’s legal professional on Wednesday wouldn’t remark when requested whether or not legislation enforcement was notified.