Back in September an American Airlines flight attendant was accused of filming a teen girl passenger in the lavatory using a hidden camera on a trip from Charlotte to Boston.
The girl took a photo of what’s apparently the flight attendant’s iPhone stuck to the toilet in the lavatory with maintenance stickers.
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Now her family is suing and claims that American allowed the crewmember to erase the evidence.
The flight attendant apparently hasn’t worked a trip since the incident but is still employed by the airline and was not arrested. According to the FBI, there was no arrest because “by the time they searched his phone, they could not find any incriminating photo or video on it.” The suit accuses the airline of failing “to take immediate actions after the incident.”
The lawsuit says the airline made the situation worse for the teen by “not immediately confiscating the flight attendant’s phone and not immediately notifying the pilots” and “allowed the flight attendant to destroy evidence.”
The court papers allege that the accused attendant “had ample time to delete or hide on his phone, any and all incriminating images or videos on his phone during that second half of the flight, when he had complete access to his phone.”
The family says that they have “not heard a single thing from American Airlines” since the flight. “They haven’t checked in on their daughter’s well-being. They haven’t reached out to them. Nothing.” While that seems heartless and disinterested, it may have been the advice of their counsel facing a potential (and now actual) lawsuit.
According to American Airlines at the time of the incident,
American Airlines flight 1441 from Charlotte (CLT) to Boston (BOS) was met by law enforcement upon arrival. We take this matter very seriously and are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation, as safety and security are our highest priorities
About a month ago a flight attendant was caught taking video up a passenger’s skirt on board Aeromexcio flight 520 from Mexico City to Cancun. He slid his phone across the galley floor, while pretending to check the drawer of a galley beverage cart.