ONLY ON 11 NEWS: Local Army veteran sexually assaulted on red-eye flight

Published: Nov. 14, 2018 at 10:52 PM MST
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A local army veteran, attacked in the sky. She can't believe what a fellow passenger did to her on a frontier flight and she can't believe what happened next. Only 11 News Anchor Don Ward talked to that victim.

Lena Ramsay took a Frontier red-eye from Denver to Providence to visit friends last month.

She started drifting off to sleep.

“And it dawned on me that I had a hand coming through my window seat on my right side and the passenger behind me was groping me in my breast area," Lena explained. "I immediately sat up, the passenger that was in the aisle seat next to me was sleeping and I startled him awake.”

Lena says she went straight to a flight attendant.

“She [the flight attendant] could tell that I was visibly shaken because her immediate question to me was, 'are you OK?' And I said no I'm not, I have a passenger behind me that has his hands on my breasts.”

Lena says the flight attendant told her to go back to her seat.

She did hear the flight attendant whispering with the passenger behind her, but she says the attendant never talked to her again. The plane landed and the passengers started to leave.

“I notified the pilot, immediately," Lena stated. "There was a pilot and a copilot, The pilot was a female, the copilot was a male and they both heard what I had to say and immediately I think they saw I was in distress,”

They contacted TSA and now an investigation is underway.

Tyler Fox, Lena's Boston-based attorney wants changes.

"Now, there's nothing to protect passengers from these types of sexual assaults," said Fox. "There need to be uniform protocols that are set by federal legislation or the FAA, or TSA of what an airline or airline personnel should do in a situation like this.”

Lena was interviewed by the FBI but to her knowledge they have not been able to track down a suspect.

Frontier told 11 News they can't give us any details because it's under investigation, but they are working with authorities.

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