United Airlines Accused Father of Groping His Child, Faces Lawsuit AGAIN

United Airlines sure doesn’t know how to get itself OUT of trouble, but it sure does know how to find it. In another example of flight attendants overreaching, United Airlines has issued an apology after a flight attendant called the police onto a flight because he thought a father had his hands just a little “too close” to his sons genitals.

Henry Amador-Batten and husband Joel were landing in Raleigh-Durham from a United flight with their 5-year-old son last week when a flight attendant aboard the flight made what apparently is a totally absurd accusation.

According to a post on Facebook by one of the fathers, Joel:

“Tonight my husband was detained after disembarking a United flight to RDU because a member of the flight crew made an accusation that my husband’s hand/arm laying across my sleeping son’s lap was too close to the ‘child’s genitals.’ After being made to feel like a criminal in front of other passengers as they exited the plane my husband filed a report of his own mentioning that the male flight attendant that must have accused him had treated him oddly in flight, and was promptly sent on his way. This is the icing on the cake for a man who has spent nearly the last two weeks in Puerto Rico dealing with his father’s quick decline and subsequent death.”

Turns out that the Amador-Batten’s are foster parents and in the process of adopting their second child and are required by law to report any potential abuses they may come across.

I’m not surprised that they had a followup post stating:

This misguided man’s assumptions about my husband and the accusations that he made are completely unfounded and we plan on getting up bright and early in the morning to make as much fucking noise about this as I possibly can.

And they should. It seems like airline employees are empowered to make snap judgement calls more than any other industry, and also seem to have this veil of infallibility around them, where no matter what they say onboard an aircraft goes. You had better not talk back or question them in any way, lest you’re threatened with being removed from the flight and the police being called. In no other industry in the world can I think of this being the case.

Interestingly enough, Henry reported that a representative from United Airlines called him and asked if he could keep it pretty ‘low key’ because they’ve got a lot of bad press right now.

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After such a crap response from United, the couple is pursing legal action and has already enlisted the services of an attorney…


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Author: Ben Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. Given how big these airlines are – at what point does it become the offending individual’s responsibility instead of the company’s fault?

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    • I think that when a company gets large, its responsibility to its customers grows. Wouldn’t you agree?

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  2. After all, two males … Two fathers… small genitals of a not natural son… Makes sense… How can this happen ! Oh, wait… I’m a homophobic, old fashioned and whatever else everyone wants to say… Those talkin, were, of course, raised by a mom and dad.

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    • Huh?! I’m confused as to whether this comment is homophobic or just plain stupid. I’m all for freedom of speech but some people should really just shut up…

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      • It’s called tongue in cheek.

        Maybe you should it sometime.

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        • Maybe you should learn proper syntax. I don’t know what hole you crawled out of, but this is my blog and people who think homophobic jokes are funny have no place here. Goodbye.

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  3. Thanks for that reaction.

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