Woman sues Delta, says she was groped on flight

Allison Dvaladze discussed the problem of sexual assaults on airplanes with KOMO News in 2017. (KOMO file photo)

SEATTLE (AP) — A woman who says being groped during an international flight prompted her to launch a campaign to draw attention to such mid-flight assaults is now suing Delta Airlines.

Allison Dvaladze says she was on an overnight flight from Seattle to Amsterdam in April 2016 when a stranger sitting beside her repeatedly grabbed her crotch.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Tuesday says she ran to the back of the plane to alert the flight crew.

She says flight attendants allowed her to change seats but did not contact law enforcement, and before landing, the crew tried to make her return to her original seat. She refused.

Delta declined to comment.

Dvaladze, a Kitsap County resident, discussed the incident with KOMO in a story that aired and was published in September.

She told KOMO that her experience led her to share her story and start a Facebook page for her campaign: Protect Airline Passengers From Sexual Assault Now.

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