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Teenage Fondling Victim's Family Suing American Airlines

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 11, 2016

Teenage Fondling Victim's Family Suing American Airlines

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The parents of a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly groped by a man while she was flying with the unaccompanied minor program are now suing American Airlines and the suspect for $10 million after the airline failed to act in the best interest of the child’s safety.

According to, more details of the case have surfaced as part of the lawsuit filed against American Airlines and 26-year-old suspect Chad Cameron Camp, who was arrested in June for abusive sexual contact during the flight from Dallas to Portland.

The lawsuit claims the American Airlines crew repeatedly failed to protect the teen despite several opportunities to intervene. The family spent an additional $300 to let their daughter travel as an unaccompanied minor, but she was allegedly left alone for the majority of the time.

Camp was seen drinking in the hour prior to the flight, and he allegedly began touching the child without intervention from the airline. The inappropriate behavior continued for an estimated 30 minutes before attendants finally moved the girl’s seat.

“American knew (the teen) as an unaccompanied minor and failed in its duty to provide Plaintiff the requisite care to protect (the teen) from the harms alleged herein,” the lawsuit claims. “(The teen) was introduced to the flight crew as an unaccompanied minor approximately an hour before the flight took off and its failure to adhere to the standard of care was a contributing factor to Plaintiffs’ injuries and damages as alleged herein.”

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller announced that the company is reviewing the lawsuit and cooperating with the current FBI investigation. Camp remains in jail after pleading not guilty to abusive sexual contact, but the lawsuit claims the suspect caused the young girl extreme fear and psychological trauma.


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