Girl sues American Airways alleging worker stalked her with sexually suggestive textual content messages throughout flight


The girl alleges the employee received her cellphone quantity from her baggage tag.

A San Diego lady is suing American Airways, alleging that certainly one of its staff pestered her with over 100 sexually suggestive textual content messages after acquiring her quantity by means of his employment with the airline.

Ashley Barno was ready to board a flight from San Diego to Chicago final April when she mentioned she began receiving textual content messages on her cellphone from an unknown quantity. She mentioned she requested for the sender’s title and the way the sender received her quantity.

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Barno says the messages turned out to be from an American Airways worker, named within the go well with as a John Doe, who had seen her quantity on her baggage tag. Barno additionally claims the messages continued after the aircraft took off and it turned clear that the stranger was additionally on Barno’s flight.

The go well with alleges that John Doe wished to have sexual contact with Barno and the texts included sexually suggestive pictures. Barno’s attorneys have no idea the airline worker’s authorized title. ABC Information’ request for remark from Barno’s attorneys was not instantly returned.

In one of many alleged texts, John Doe asks Barno to sit down subsequent to him on the flight and gives her airline-related perks in alternate for contact, in line with screenshots of the texts offered to ABC Information by Barno’s lawyer.

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“Friendship with me will likely be very helpful for you!! … I can all the time offer you good seats, entry to the lounges and free flights too!! You’ll be able to give it some thought!” he allegedly wrote, including in later messages, “Simply in search of one likelihood to show my self [sic]!! I will likely be very respectful to you all the time.”

“The entire time I saved asking him, ‘Who’re you? How are you aware who I’m? How’d you get my information?’” Barno mentioned in an interview with ABC’s San Diego affiliate KNSD-TV.

Barno mentioned she requested the sender to cease speaking along with her and alerted a flight attendant. John Doe was escorted off the aircraft when it landed in Chicago, she says.

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Barno’s go well with claims she now has issues sleeping, consuming and socializing and has sought skilled psychological assist due to the texts.

The go well with additionally alleges that American Airways knew of John Doe’s propensity to contact the airline’s prospects on this approach however didn’t terminate his employment.

“American Airways didn’t do a adequate job in hiring and supervising staff to maintain its prospects secure from sexual harassment and stalking,” states the grievance, which was filed final week in San Diego.

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Barno is suing American Airways and John Doe, alleging negligent hiring, sexual harassment, stalking and intentional infliction of emotional misery and is looking for damages and lawyer’s charges.

“Airline staff ought to know that they need to by no means contact prospects exterior of their skilled relationship,” Barno’s lawyer, Joseph Samo, advised ABC Information by e mail. “And, that in the event that they do, it will lead to a direct termination.”

In an announcement, American Airways mentioned: “American Airways takes the privateness and security of our prospects severely. We investigated the allegations and took applicable motion. The worker concerned within the grievance is not employed at American Airways.”

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