Man Sues Southwest, Says Teenage Son Sexually Harassed

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A Chicago-area man is suing Southwest Airlines claiming flight attendants failed to protect his 14-year-old son from another passenger's advances.

The man says an older female passenger made sexual advances toward the teenager and offered him illegal drugs, during a flight to Orlando, according to The Associated Press.

The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, says the incident occurred on July 13, 2008. The family is asking for more than $50,000 in damages.

Chicago Attorney Jeffrey Deutschman tells Fox Chicago News that the teenager asked to be assigned to a different seat, but the flight attendants would not let him move.

"My client was a 14-year-old little boy when he was aggressively, sexually pursued by an older passenger who offered him drugs, who wanted sex from him," Deutschman says. "He went to the bathroom four times, he asked to move and he was told to take his seat."

The boy was so frightened by the experience that he refused to return home by himself, so his father flew down to accompany him home, according to the suit.

A spokesman for Southwest Airlines declined comment.

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