North Carolina Teen Sues American Airlines Over Alleged Airplane Bathroom Camera

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A North Carolina family is suing American Airlines, claiming a flight attendant placed an iPhone in an airplane lavatory to record their 14-year-old using the restroom.

The lawsuit, lodged in US district court in North Carolina against both American Airlines and the unidentified flight attendant, highlights the harrowing ordeal the teenager faced during a September flight.

Lawyers representing the family argue that American Airlines should have been aware of the flight attendant’s alleged misconduct and claim that the failure of other crew members to confiscate the employee’s phone allowed for the destruction of crucial evidence.

The unsettling event took place during a flight from Charlotte to Boston on September 2nd, where the incident gradually transpired and became apparent.

The flight attendant told the teenager to use the first-class cabin lavatory, which he did first because, according to the North Carolina lawsuit, he wanted to wash his hands. After a little period, he left to inform the girl that there was an issue with her seat.

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A North Carolina family is suing American Airlines, claiming a flight attendant placed an iPhone in an airplane lavatory to record their 14-year-old using the restroom.

Upon using the lavatory, the teenager noticed an iPhone discreetly placed with red airline tape indicating it should be removed from service, yet the camera flash was visibly active. Shocked and alarmed, she realized the phone might have been positioned to film her.

The girl took a photo of the device and later found that the flight attendant had allegedly removed the phone and potentially erased images before allowing her father to review his iPhone photos. 

Despite their concerns and subsequent involvement of law enforcement, no incriminating evidence was reportedly found on the flight attendant’s phone.

The lawyers for the North Carolina family stated that they were unsure of the flight attendant’s identity, whereabouts, or position with American Airlines. 

As per the Associated Press policy protecting the confidentiality of victims of sexual assault or abuse, the North Carolina teenager, who is receiving therapy to deal with the trauma, is not named in the lawsuit.

American Airlines affirmed their commitment to the ongoing investigation, stating that safety and security are their paramount concerns. 

The airline giant, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, maintains a significant operational presence at the Charlotte airport.

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