The family of a 14-year-old who was surreptitiously filmed by a pervert flight attendant in an aircraft lavatory is suing American Airlines and the flight attendant.
American Airlines Faces Lawsuit Over Hidden Camera In Lavatory Placed By Flight Attendant
Per the family attorney, a 14-year-old girl rose to use the lavatory in economy class on September 2, 2023. There was a line. A male flight attendant approached her and told her she could use the first class lavatory, but he needed to wash his hands first. He remained in the lavatory for approximately one minute. Stepping out of the lavatory, he told her that the toilet seat was broken (not the toilet itself).
When she entered the lavatory, she purportedly observed red tape over the toilet seat, but then noticed a mobile camera taped on the seat. The camera (flash) light was on, suggesting it was recording. She snapped a picture of it (below, released by Lewis and Llewellyn LLP).
Upon stepping out of the lavatory, the same flight attendant went back in and came out moments later.
I’ve laid out additional background on this case here.
Understandably, the family is now seeking a payday via a lawsuit against American Airlines and the flight attendant. Causes of action include:
Against the flight attendant:
- invasion of privacy
- civil liability for the criminal act of secretly peeping
- intentional infliction of emotional distress
Against American Airlines:
- negligent hiring, supervision or retention
- negligent infliction of emotional distress
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Western District of North Carolina. The family released the following statement describing the lawsuit:
“We brought this lawsuit to hold American Airlines and the flight attendant responsible for what happened to our daughter. In the three months since the incident happened, no one from American Airlines has even bothered to reach out or check on our daughter’s well-being. This must never be allowed to happen again.”
I’d wager a guess that this lawsuit has little to do with AA’s failure to reach out.
The lawsuit does provide us with a few more details about the incident:
- The father demanded that the male flight attendant show him his phone, but gave the FA time to get it, which also gave him time to delete the offending photos
- “withheld from service” immediately after the alleged incident and has not worked since.
It is no surprise that the family has filed a civil lawsuit against the “John Doe” flight attendant and American Airlines for what occurred onboard. I expect a generous settlement to make this case go away…which was probably the plan from the start.
What are your thoughts on this lawsuit?