American Airlines Employee Accused Of Stalking Passenger

American Airlines Employee Accused Of Stalking Passenger

He told her he'd be able to get her a better seat.

Last April, Ashley Barno was getting ready to board a flight at the San Diego International Airport.

"BTW I must tell you that you are gorgeous", the mystery person continued, ignoring the woman's request to know who was contacting her. She thanks him and learns he works for American. "Ahmad" continued. "I really like you! How'd you get my info?'" Barno said in an interview with ABC's San Diego affiliate KNSD-TV. "Ahmad", meanwhile, remained determined to communicate with her.

Barno said she asked the sender to stop communicating with her and alerted a flight attendant. This caused Barno to feel uncomfortable and she repeatedly asked who the sender was.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein emailed a statement on the lawsuit Wednesday, saying the man was no longer an employee and was not on duty at the time of the alleged acts.

Now, eight months later, she says she has trouble eating, sleeping, socializing, and traveling as a result of sexual harassment and stalking by an American Airlines employee who took her number from a luggage tag.

"American Airlines takes the privacy and safety of our customers very seriously".

They added:' We investigated the allegations and took appropriate action.

Freed declined to comment on past allegations against the former American Airlines employee, citing the impending litigation.


A woman says that she was stalked by an American Airlines employee during her flight and she's suing the company for not taking her complaint seriously.

During their text back-and-forth, the sender initially claimed that Barno had given him her phone number. "I met you the other day at the airport", he adds, then calls her "gorgeous". "Are you going to Chicago too??"

"But if its still a NO thts up to you I will not bother you again but atleast give me a one chance to prove my self!" he wrote in four separate texts, followed by, "And I am at row 15". "Come on join me!"

Later, he sent her three more texts asking about her flight and whether Chicago was her final destination.

"Just knowing that he knew what I looked like, and that we were in an enclosed flight, on an enclosed plane, and there's no way out, like, really really scared me", she told NBC-7 in NY. He was escorted off the plane first when it landed in Chicago. Calls to his number go to a Google voicemail, and the man has not responded to calls, Samo said.

While the plane was in the air, Samo said his client flagged down a flight attendant and told her about the messages she was receiving, apparently from a man seated several rows in front of her. Barno was in tears and the flight attendant was kind, Samo said, making sure the two were seated in different parts of the plane and checking in frequently.

The suit further claimed that the airline "knew of its employee's propensity to initiate unwanted sexual communication with employees" and with customers, but kept him on as an employee.

The suit alleges that John Doe wanted to have sexual contact with Barno and the texts included sexually suggestive images.

Due to the lack of an update, Barno has now hired a lawyer to help her file a lawsuit against the firm.

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