There was a big gap in the initial story concerning the American Airlines flight attendant who was arrested for allegedly positioning a camera inside the lavatory before a teenage girl used it. Now we have some more details.
Claim: American Airlines Pervert Flight Attendant Taped Cell Phone Camera To Toilet In Order To Capture Images Of Teenage Girl
The family of a teenage girl has filled in more details concerning what may have transpired onboard an American Airlines flight to Boston that prompted an FBI investigation and now potential legal action against AA.
Per the family attorney, a 14-year-old girl rose to use the lavatory in economy class. 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 (above, released by Lewis and Llewellyn LLP).
Upon stepping out of the lavatory, the same flight attendant went back in and came out moments later.
The girl returned to her seat and told her mother what happened. Her mother then stopped another passenger from entering the first class lavatory, warning:
“Don’t go in there. My daughter’s just been in there, there’s a camera in there.”
Disturbingly, the family reached out to American Airlines and claims it has heard nothing back. Now the family is suing. Here’s a statement from their attorney, Paul Llewellyn:
“On September 2nd, while on American Airlines flight 1441 from Charlotte to Boston, our 14-year-old daughter was targeted and victimized by a child predator who filmed her while using the bathroom.
“There is no doubt in our minds this was perpetrated by the lone male flight attendant on board, who directed her to use the first-class bathroom from coach, entered just before her ‘to wash his hands’—then telling her the seat was broken and ‘not to worry about it’—and reentering directly after she left.
“This sequence of events has been corroborated by other passengers on board. 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.
“These events have left our daughter—and the entire family—shocked and profoundly disturbed. It is hard to fathom that a flight attendant—charged with ensuring our safety and security, and to whom the flying public is legally bound to obey—appears to have targeted and exploited our child in obtaining child pornography during a flight. That someone like this was allowed to be in that position of trust—and could follow through with such reckless behavior unchecked—should shock every parent.
“We are immensely grateful to the Massachusetts State Police who met us upon landing, and to the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office who continue to investigate this crime. It is our sincerest hope that through these efforts nothing like this can ever be allowed again.”
It does not sound like good news for the flight attendant. Kudos to the 14-year-old for snapping the picture above.
The original story, which was published on September 5, 2023, appears below.
Was Pervert American Airlines Flight Attendant Really This Stupid?
The FBI is investigating an American Airlines flight in which a hidden camera was purportedly placed in a lavatory by a flight attendant in order to surreptitiously record a juvenile female. Could a flight attendant really be that stupid?
Did A Pervert American Airlines Flight Attendant Place A Camera In The Lavatory To Record Minor?
Let me be clear at the start that details are still emerging from this case. Our fact pattern is incomplete, yet the allegations are damning. Our discussion may be more theoretical at this point, but something happened onboard. Let’s review what we know:
- The incident occurred on AA1441 from Charlotte (CLT) to Boston (BOS) on Saturday, September 2, 2023
- According to a passenger witness, a “juvenile” girl rose to use the first class lavatory
- A male flight attendant stopped her, saying, “Hey, hold on just a second. We’re about to start collecting trash so I’m going to wash my hands.”
- He popped in, then popped out
- She used the lavatory, then returned to her seat
- The flight attendant quickly went into the lavatory once again and quickly emerged
- Next, the girl’s mom came “running up to the bathroom to stop another person from going in”
- She stopped another woman from going in, warning her there was a camera in there
- Police were notified and boarded the aircraft in Boston (the FBI will handle his matter since it purportedly occurred in the air)
It does not appear that any arrests have been made yet. American Airlines released the following vague statement:
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.
The FBI statement was even shorter:
FBI Boston responded along with the Massachusetts State Police. We have no additional information to provide at this time.
This story resonates with me because there was a reprobate pervert named Rogelio Gallardo, a ceramics teacher at my high school, who placed a hidden camera in the restroom of his classroom to record girls. He was caught, arrested, and sent to prison.
As a father with a daughter myself, I am repulsed at such behavior and hope that if true, the perpetrator will be held accountable.
It looks bad for the flight attendant. While it could be that the juvenile girl was mistaken or made the whole thing up, the fact that witnesses saw him go in and out of the lavatory before she used it is quite concerning.
The FBI is investigating an incident that allegedly took place on an American Airlines flight to Boston in which a minor was secretly photographed in the lavatory. A flight attendant is the main suspect.
Finally, a question. If you’re hiding a camera in the lavatory, where do you hide it? A spy cam I guess could be tucked away anywhere, but a mobile phone camera? Seems pretty impossible unless a cabinet under the sink was opened with the lens sticking out. Who knows…
But I hope that if a camera was surreptitiously placed in the lavatory, the perpetrator will be brought to justice.
(H/T: View From The Wing)