On a recent flight 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 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 left after she had left, according to a written statement from her family.
The girl discovered an iPhone that was mostly hidden and had been attached to the back of the toilet seat, reportedly to record her.
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 later deferred to that agency as the main investigating 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 “takes this matter very seriously and is fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation, as safety and security are our highest priorities.”