15-Year-Old Groped By An Old Man On A Flight For 'Wearing Shorts'

When a fellow passenger allegedly got way too handsy with a teen, her family tried to take action.

United Airlines blew off claims by Chelsea Schiffel, an Australian teenager who claimed an elderly man twice groped her breasts on an international flight, by telling her she was wearing "extremely short shorts."

The girl claims she was touched inappropriately by an elderly man in July 2014 when she was traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney on a United Airlines flight with her family. She was 15 years old at the time.

Despite her mother complaining to the staff members and demanding different seats, the pair were asked to return to their same seats for the remainder of the flight.

In a letter, United Airlines denied the claims, suggesting the girl's clothes may be to blame.

"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,"

"You have provided no evidence of any negligence on the part of United regarding this matter."

Chelsea and her family are enraged, but left without much recourse because their lawsuit against United Airlines was dismissed for insufficient evidence.

"For me it comes across, by them saying that, it feels like they were telling me that I was asking for it," Chelsea told The Daily Telegraph in an interview.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Mike Blake

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