Flight Attendant Says Southwest Pilots Livestreamed Video From Inside Plane Bathroom
According to the flight attendant's lawsuit, she was retaliated against after reporting the incident.
One flight attendant is making a shocking claim about two airline pilots, saying they livestreamed video from a hidden camera in the plane's bathroom to an iPad in the cockpit.
Renee Steinaker says it happened on a Southwest Airlines flight from Pittsburgh to Phoenix. She says when she went into the cockpit, she saw an iPad mounted to the windshield showing video of one of the pilots in the bathroom.
"She immediately asked [the other pilot] whether the iPad was livestreaming from a camera in the forward lavatory," according to the lawsuit she filed. "With a panicked look on his face [that pilot] admitted that it was livestreaming."
According to the suit, the pilot allegedly said it was a top-security measure. The lawsuit says that after Steinaker reported the incident to Southwest, she "was directed by a supervisor that she was not to talk to anybody about what happened. She was warned that 'if this got out, if this went public, no one, I mean no one, would every fly our airline again.'"
Steinaker's husband is also a Southwest flight attendant. The lawsuit says they were both retaliated against after she reported the incident.
Southwest denied all of the allegations and said in a statement to Inside Edition, "We can confirm from our investigation that there was never a camera in the lavatory; the incident was an inappropriate attempt at humor which the company did not condone." The two pilots have also denied any wrongdoing.
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