One bride’s worst nightmare came true when her wedding dress boarded an American Airlines flight to her destination wedding. No, the airline didn’t lose her luggage—in fact, what she’s claiming is way worse. According to a suit filed by Yewande Oteh, one flight attendant vengefully ruined her dress with red wine just one week before her wedding, and she’s suing the airline for failing to prevent or investigate the incident.
Oteh, her soon-to-be husband, and their nine-month-old son were flying from Philadelphia to Jamaica for the couple’s nuptials in August of 2015 when a ticket agent at the airport advised the bride to carry on her dress and hang it in the cabin’s closet. When Oteh boarded and asked flight attendant Melanie Masters to store her wedding dress, she was met with resistance and says the attendant, “became indignant and agitated, and began to talk to plaintiff in a hostile aggressive way, instructing her that the closet space was not for passengers.”
Following the dispute, Oteh found an empty overhead bin in first class to store her wedding dress and took her seat while remaining, “fearful that flight attendant may take out the aggression on herself, her wedding gown, or her family," according to the suit. Oteh goes on to claim that she saw Masters, “open the bin with her right hand, while something was occupying her left hand,” though she could not identify what she was holding.
Upon landing, the couple was shocked to find the gown soaked in what they later discovered was red wine. Stressed out and unable to clean it before her big day, Oteh says she, “failed to enjoy the wedding as she was in a dress that was not the one she spent months looking for.” The Oteh’s are seeking damages as well as costs and fees claiming the airline was negligent, causing the bride to endure “physical and mental injuries.”