An American Airlines flight attendant is accused of hiding a camera in an airplane bathroom to spy on a teenage girl, according to her family.
The law firm of Lewis and Llewellyn LLP said that on September 2, a 14-year-old girl was waiting to use the restroom on an American Airlines flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boston’s Logan International Airport.
It is alleged that while she was waiting to use the bathroom in economy class, a male flight attendant told her she could use the first-class bathroom because “it would be faster.”
The girl’s family told Fox26 that when she arrived at the first-class bathroom, the same flight attendant stopped her and said he needed to go in and wash his hands because garbage collection was about to begin.
The girl recalled that the flight attendant was in the bathroom for about a minute and when he came out, he told her the seat was broken, the network reported.
The girl’s father said when his daughter entered the bathroom she saw red tape indicating the seat was broken, but while inside she found a cell phone covered by the tape.
She took a photo of her phone taped to the toilet seat with the light on.
After the girl was done using it, the flight attendant reportedly re-entered the bathroom.
When the girl returned to her family, she told her mother about the phone call allegedly being recorded in the bathroom.
The mother then warned a woman in first class who was about to use the bathroom, saying: “Don’t go in there. My daughter has just been there and there’s a camera there.”
Both parents later claimed that as of Saturday, September 16, American Airlines had not contacted them since the alleged incident.
The mother told Fox26: “[We] Never heard from them. This really surprised me. “
She later added: “The one thing you don’t have to worry about is them targeting a crew member when you are legally obligated to follow their instructions and trust your safety. “Your children are on the plane. access to child pornography. I mean, it just blows your mind. “
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, one in nine girls and one in 20 boys under the age of 18 in the United States have been sexually abused or assaulted. The network added that 82% of all victims under the age of 18 were female.
Paul Llewellyn, family lawyer at Lewis and Llewellyn LLP, told the network: “It is shocking that a sexual predator would blatantly assault a minor while she was using the bathroom on an airplane. This is shocking. This heinous behavior should not have happened and must never happen again.”
An American Airlines spokesperson told Fox News Digital: “American Airlines Flight 1441, en route from Charlotte to Boston, was intercepted 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 top priority.”
Weekly newspaper The family’s attorney and American Airlines have been contacted via email for comment.