A Nigerian woman of American and Jamaican descent, identified as Yewande Oteh, has sued an airline claiming that a flight attendant deliberately poured red wine on her wedding dress.
The 31-page lawsuit filed in a New Jersey, US district court by Yewande's mother Yvette Sterling, stated that the American Airlines flight attendant, Melanie Masters, deliberately ruined Yewande's wedding dress during a flight in 2015.
According to her, Masters had refused to allow her store the dress in a closet, even though a ticketing agent at the Philadelphia airport had told her that she would be able to hang it while in the flight. She claims Masters said the closet was not meant for keeping passengers' items.
Yewande who was flying from the US to Montego Bay, Jamaica for her destination wedding, said the incident affected her greatly as she suffered 'suffered severe diarrhea, dehydration and depressive symptoms and remained physically and emotionally ill over the next week' and wasn't able to enjoy her August 2015 wedding.
Yewande also said Masters "became indignant and agitated, and began to talk to the plaintiff in a hostile aggressive way, instructing her that the closet space was not for passengers."
She said after storing her dress in an overhead bin as instructed by Masters, she had seen her in a conversation with two of colleagues and they appeared to be laughing at her. A line in the lawsuit read: “It was Oteh’s belief that the flight attendants were placing something in the bin and making fun of Oteh and her wedding gown.”
Yewande was forced to search for a new dress in Jamaica after discovering her dress covered with wine stains. Her sister also reportedly flew back to Florida to get wedding dresses which didn't fit her eventually.
Her mother who also happens to be her attorney, said: “American Airlines and its personnel robbed us all of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
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The lawsuit asks that Yewande, her husband Chidi, their son, her mother and sister, each be compensated with $850,000, while American Airlines released a statement saying they would review the lawsuit.
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