The female minor complained to flight attendants that
Pascal behaved inappropriately toward her during the
flight. Based on the complaint, the flight crew moved
the minor to a different seat and contacted airport
police, who met the flight upon arrival in Salt Lake
After deplaning in Salt Lake City, the
minor was interviewed by law enforcement. She stated
that she had boarded the aircraft prior to the other
passengers because she was on crutches. She was seated
at a window near the rear of the aircraft. During
boarding, Pascal was seated next to her. At the
beginning of the flight Pascal asked about her injured
foot and also assisted the minor in retrieving a blanket
from the flight crew.
The minor felt Pascal "was nice" and did not feel
uncomfortable. The minor lowered the armrest between
Pascal and herself. The minor stated "I made sure I had
the armrest down because I usually feel uncomfortable
when people get too close to me.” After lowering the
armrest and covering her lap with a red blanket,
provided by the flight crew, the minor fell asleep in a
seated position with her legs pulled close to her chest
and her feet on her seat.
An unknown amount
of time later the minor woke up and noticed Pascal's
hand was under the left cheek of her buttocks, the minor
described Pascal's hand as being far enough under her
buttocks that his fingers were touching her inner thigh.
She described feeling Pascal's hand as being palm up and
feeling him gripping her buttocks but not moving.
After discovering this she noticed the armrest between
her and Pascal was in the upright position and some of
his body weight was on her. The minor also noticed
Pascal's eyes were open and "he was clearly awake."
minor immediately struck Pascal in the right arm with
her left elbow and stated, "What the hell are you
doing?" After striking Pascal he quickly pulled his hand
out from under the minor. As he pulled his hand from
under the minor she described her body weight being
slightly lifted by Pascal. After Pascal removed his hand
he stated to the minor "I'm sorry I'm sorry I was
asleep, I have to use the bathroom".
Pascal immediately left his seat and according to the
minor rudely pushed past the male passenger seated in
the aisle seat. After Pascal left the row, the minor
pressed the flight attendant call button to summon a
member of the flight crew, before a member of the flight
crew was able to respond to the call button Pascal
returned to his seat next to the minor. Upon sitting
down Pascal again apologized and stated he was sleeping.
At which point the minor stated "That's alright, I have
to go", and left her seat to seek a member of the flight
The minor contacted a member of the
flight attendant and notified him of the incident, the
flight attendant placed the minor in the rear most row
of the aircraft. After being seated at the rear of the
aircraft, the minor noticed Pascal looking at her in an
Pascal was also interviewed by law enforcement he had
indicated that he was commuting from Detroit, his base
of operations as a pilot for Delta Connection, to Salt
I,ake City. Pascal was seated next to an unaccompanied
minor who was also using crutches, due to an injured
foot, after assisting the minor in getting a blanket
from the flight crew, Pascal raised armrest between the
minor and himself, because the male passenger seated to
his right was taking some of the space.
stated he observed that the minor was smaller and was
not taking as much room in her seat. Pascal stated that
he fell asleep with his hands in his lap and does not
recall where his hands were when he was awoken by the
minor who had struck him with her elbow and had asked
"what the hell are you doing?"
After being awoken, Pascal apologized and stated he must
have fallen asleep and that he needed to use the
restroom. He left his seat and went to the lavatory
located at the rear of the aircraft. Upon returning to
his seat he apologized to the minor again for falling
asleep and leaning on her. He stated that the minor said
she needed to use the restroom and left her seat.
short time later, another passenger replaced the minor
in her seat, and Pascal stated he looked back to see
where the minor had gone. He stated that he asked the
female passenger who had replaced the minor if she was
switching seats with the minor, and that the passenger
stated they were switching. Pascal stated that he
believes that it may be possible for his hand to have
fallen in the minor's seat while he was asleep, however
he does not "recall" where.