American Airlines flight attendant removed from plane by state troopers ‘after teenage girl finds hidden camera in first-class bathroom’
- Flight attendant fired after police respond to ‘potential foul play’
- A passenger claimed a camera was installed in the bathroom
- Federal investigators have now taken over the investigation
A male flight attendant was removed from an American Airlines flight by police after “a teenage girl found a hidden camera” in the onboard first-class toilet.
Massachusetts State Police responded to a “potential criminal act” that occurred on American Airlines Flight 1441 from Charlotte, North Carolina to Boston, North Carolina on September 2.
State Police Troop F, which has jurisdiction at Boston Logan International Airport, was the first to arrive on scene.
A soldier from the unit said WSOC the incident “involved a minor, a telephone and a flight attendant.”
The teen’s mother allegedly alerted another passenger that her child had found a camera in the bathroom. The girl and her family were then taken off the plane by state police upon arrival at the Boston airport.
Massachusetts State Police at Boston Logan International Airport were notified at 10 a.m. Sept. 2 of the potential foul play that occurred on the American Airlines flight.
Federal authorities asserted jurisdiction over the investigation when police concluded the incident occurred mid-flight.
The teenager’s mother came from the bus to warn other passengers that there was a camera in the bathroom.
An anonymous passenger on board said Boston 25 News that a teenage girl seated on a coach attempted to use the first class toilet, but was prevented from entering by a male flight attendant.
“When she was about to go to the bathroom, he stopped her and said, ‘Hey, wait a second, we’re about to start picking up trash, so I’m going to wash my hands.’ “, said the passenger.
The teenager went to the toilet after the flight attendant used it, then returned to the coach.
Shortly after, the teen’s mother got into first class and blocked another passenger from using the restroom.
The passenger who spoke to Boston 25 News said it was this other passenger who told them the mother said there was a camera in the bathroom.
“The mother stopped this passenger from going to the bathroom and told him ‘Wait, don’t go in there,’ according to the passenger.
When the plane landed, state police boarded the plane and began investigating.
The anonymous passenger said: “After 3 or 4 different people checked the toilets, they made the male flight attendant get off, and that’s when they let us go.”
In a statement to Daily Mail Online, American Airlines said: “We take this matter very seriously and are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their investigation, as safety and security are our highest priorities.”
State police determined the alleged act occurred in mid-flight, which falls under federal jurisdiction.
Federal investigators have taken over the investigation.