Over Labor Day weekend news reports blew up over an American Airlines flight from Charlotte to Boston where passengers reported a video camera in the lavatory, and it appeared that it might have been placed there by a flight attendant to record a teenage girl.
According to the girl’s family, they were seated in coach but the 14 year old was invited to use the first class lavatory. The crewmember, she said, just wanted to “wash his hands” first. Exiting the lavatory, she says that the flight attendant told her that the seat was broken (but the toilet itself was fine). She went into the lav, and as soon as she came out the flight attendant went back inside.
The family of the girl is suing American Airlines. The airline initially reported that they were working with law enforcement, but the family’s attorney says they have heard nothing from the carrier.
And, it turns out, the girl took a photo of what’s apparently the flight attendant’s iPhone stuck to the toilet in the lavatory with maintenance stickers.
After using the toilet our daughter realized a largely obscured iPhone had been affixed to the back of the toilet seat to record her, and courageously took a picture of this with her own phone. Very specific features on the hidden phone perfectly matched the one subsequently recovered from the flight attendant by law enforcement, and airline representatives confirmed the official stickers used to secure and hide the phone would not have been accessible to anyone other than crew.
Credit: Lewis & Llewellyn LLP
In 2019 came reports that Southwest Airlines pilots spent a flight watching passengers use the lavatory. This is when they were supposed to be flying their plane.
A few months before that a United passenger was caught videotaping women in the lavatory. He was caught because he accidentally recorded himself installing the camera, so when the camera was found his image was on it.