BOTHELL (AP) — On a recent trip from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boston, the family of a 14-year-old girl who allegedly found an iPhone taped to the back of a toilet seat stated they thought she was being targeted by a crew member.
On the American Airlines flight 1441 on September 2, a male crew member instructed the girl to use the first-class restroom. The staff member entered the restroom immediately before the 14-year-old, advised her that the seat was broken but not to worry about it, and then departed after she had left, according to a written statement from her family.
The girl discovered an iPhone that was mostly hidden had been attached to the back of the toilet seat, reportedly to record her. Before exiting the restroom, she used her own phone to take a photo of this.
The family released a statement saying, “These events have left our daughter—and the entire family—shocked and profoundly disturbed.”
The family hasn’t yet filed a lawsuit, according to Paul Llewellyn, the family’s attorney.
After landing, law enforcement personnel awaited the jet at the gate. A flight attendant was removed from the aircraft by Massachusetts State Police.
Because the incident occurred in the air, under the purview of the FBI, state police eventually deferred to that agency as the main investigative body.
At the time, a spokeswoman for the FBI remained silent. On Monday, the FBI did not immediately respond to an email.
After the incident, American Airlines released a statement saying that company management “take this matter very seriously and are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation, as safety and security are our highest priorities.”