A teenage girl who said she was groped by an older man on a United Airlines flight was reportedly told her "extremely short shorts" could be to blame.
The incident occurred back in July 2014. Chelsea Schiffel, who was 15 years old at the time, was traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney with her family, the Daily Mail reported.
According to Chelsea, her mother, Narelle, had gotten up to speak with a family member who was seated in the back of the plane, and that’s when an older male passenger touched her breasts twice.
Narelle reported the incident to airline staff members and demanded different seats. The family said they were asked to return to their same seats for the remainder of the flight.
In a letter obtained by News Corp, United Airlines denied the family’s allegations and criticized the teen’s choice of clothing.
"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," the letter read. "You have provided no evidence of any negligence on the part of United regarding this matter."
Chelsea, however, took issue with the airlines' account of events.
"For me it comes across, by them saying that, [it] feels like they were telling me that I was asking for it,” Chelsea told News Corp.
Attempts by the family to take legal action against United Airlines have been unsuccessful due to insufficient evidence.