Stewardess Renee Steinaker (photo) denounces Southwest Airlines after being witnessed in February 2017 by two pilots streaming live video from an airplane toilet to the cockpit
A flight attendant suing Southwest after allegedly watching two pilots live video from an airplane toilet to the cockpit claims that she had been ordered not to go public – while the company insisted that the incident was nothing more than a bad joke.
Renee Steinaker filed a lawsuit with the Arizona federal court for the alleged act of voyeurism she saw during a flight from Pittsburgh to Phoenix in February 2017.
Steinaker said that when she confronted one of the pilots about the live feed in the bathroom that was playing in the cockpit on an iPad, he informed her that the hidden cameras were installed on all southwest aircraft.
When she raised the issue with Southwest at the time, Steinaker said an official told her: & If this came true, if it were made public, no one, I mean no one, would ever fly with our airline again. & # 39;
Southwest vigorously denied Steinaker's allegations in a statement to DailyMail.com on Sunday and vowed to vigorously defend & # 39; against the lawsuit.
& # 39; When the incident occurred two years ago, we investigated the allegations and addressed the situation with the crew involved, & # 39; said a spokesperson for the airline.
& # 39; We can confirm from our research that there was never a camera in the toilet; the incident was an inappropriate attempt at humor that the company did not approve of. & # 39;
The airline did not respond to DailyMail.com's request for clarification about the & # 39; inappropriate attempt at humor & # 39 ;.
Southwest Airlines is willing to vigorously defend & # 39; against the lawsuit of a flight attendant blaming two pilots livestreamed video of an airplane bathroom
In a supplementary statement, a spokesperson said: “The safety and security of our employees and customers is Southwest's uncompromising priority. That is why Southwest does not place cameras in the toilets of our aircraft.
& # 39; We currently have no other comments about the ongoing lawsuit. & # 39;
Lawyers for both pilots have denied that the two are live streamed from the toilet or in violation of airline policy.
Steinaker served flight 1088 on February 27, 2017, claiming that pilot Captain Terry Graham asked her to come to the cockpit so that he could use the toilet, because the Southwest protocol requires that at least two crew members be in the cockpit at all times present.
When Steinaker entered the cockpit, she reportedly saw an iPad on a windshield at Graham & # 39; s seat.
The lawsuit says it was playing a live stream from the plane's toilet and Steinaker could see what Graham seemed to be in the bathroom.
She asked co-pilot Ryan Russell, who was also in the cockpit, to confirm the images from the iPad.
& # 39; Plaintiff Renee Steinaker immediately asked Russell if the iPad & # 39; live streaming & # 39; was from the camera in the front toilet. Russell admitted that it was live streaming & # 39 ;, said the lawsuit.
& # 39; Russell advised plaintiff Renee Steinaker that there was a camera in the toilet and that it was hidden so that no one would ever find it.
& # 39; Russell has ordered plaintiff Renee Steinaker not to tell anyone about the camera or the recordings because they are on the & # 39; downlow & # 39; were & # 39;
Russell allegedly told Steinaker that the cameras were new and that all Southwest Airlines 737-800s had them.
The lawsuit claims that co-pilot Ryan Russell told Steinaker that the camera & # 39; s & # 39; were hidden so that no one would ever find it & # 39;
Steinaker & # 39; s lawyer Ronald L.M. Goldman told the Arizona Republic that the pilots revealed that they and others were admitted.
& # 39; They led her to believe that she and others were filmed – if you want – on video – while using the toilet. It is really hard to imagine a more disgraceful kind of behavior, & he said.
In response, Steinaker took a photo of the iPad with her phone to document the incident and showed co-servants the alleged evidence.
Steinaker & # 39; s lawyer Ronald L.M. Goldman (photo) accused Southwest of trying to silence his client when she came forward about the alleged surveillance
Steinaker and other crew members reported the incident to the airline, but were reportedly told not to talk about it.
Graham and Russell were allowed to continue their next flight and are currently still flying with the company.
In addition to that claim, the lawsuit says the pilots have violated the aviation protocol and & # 39; disembarked, leaving the aircraft unattended by flight crew & # 39 ;.
Graham is also accused of leaving & # 39;a loaded firearm unattended in the cockpit, a violation of FAA regulations & # 39 ;.
David Steinaker, Renee's husband and fellow Southwestern stewardess, claim to have been the victim of retribution after going to airline officials.
It is said that the airline was involved in a pattern of retaliation and monitoring of efforts to silence and intimidate the couple and other crew members.
They say they were stalked, faced with an increase in performance audits and that they were & # 39; random & # 39; drug and alcohol tests.
Goldman said: & # 39; In my opinion, Southwest Airlines has treated this as & # 39; how dare they report this & # 39; instead of & # 39; thanks for letting me know & # 39;. & # 39;
& # 39; In my opinion as an aviation lawyer with years of experience, this endangers flight safety and passenger safety, not even to mention that the privacy of all passengers and crew can be violated. & # 39;
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