Delta passenger 'frozen in terror' is suing the airline

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DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area woman is suing Delta Air Lines, claiming it could have prevented a man from molesting her on a flight from South Carolina in 2016.

Christopher Finkley was sentenced to a week in jail after pleading guilty to simple assault. She says he put a hand under her shorts while sitting in an open seat.

The woman said she was "frozen in terror."

The lawsuit, filed Friday, says the crew negligently allowed Finkley to roam during a Delta Connection flight from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, despite exposing himself earlier while in first class.

Delta said Tuesday it's "dismayed" by what happened, but declined to comment on the lawsuit. The woman says she was offered $2,500 in ticket vouchers.

ExpressJet Airlines, which flies as Delta Connection, declined to comment.

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