American Airlines charges extra to have young girls molested
This report by Michael Miller in the Washington Post is horrifying: corporate indifference at its worst:
The first warning sign came before the plane had even taken off.
Chad Cameron Camp had his choice of seats on the half-empty American Airlines flight from Dallas to Portland, Ore. But Camp, 26, curiously chose a middle seat — right next to an unaccompanied 13-year-old girl, the FBI said in a statement.
Flight attendants offered to move Camp to another seat where he would have more room, but he declined.
“No, I’m fine,” he said, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Washington Post..
When a flight attendant returned for drink service a half hour later, she saw Camp’s hand on the teenager’s crotch, according to the complaint.
She also saw “a single tear coming down the victim’s cheek.”
Flight attendants separated Camp and the teenager for the rest of the voyage. And as soon as the plane landed, the unaccompanied minor was rushed off the plane.
When Camp exited the plane, he was arrested and charged with abusive sexual contact, according to the FBI.
The teenager’s attorney, however, says that the airline failed to protect its vulnerable passenger.
“This was 30 minutes of hell for this young lady,” said Brent Goodfellow, a lawyer representing the girl, who scoffed at the idea that his client had been saved by a heroic flight attendant.
“If I have my tray table down or my seat back two inches during the improper time, those guys are going to be on me immediately,” Goodfellow told The Post. “This girl got abused for 30 minutes and no one was to be found.”
Not only did the airline fail to protect her, he said, but American Airlines also charged the girl’s family extra to let her travel alone.
“The family paid $300 extra and this is what they get?” he said, adding that his clients are “absolutely going to sue the airline.”
American Airlines said it takes “these matters very seriously” and is fully cooperating with law enforcement.
“American cares deeply about our young passengers and is committed to providing a safe and pleasant travel experience for them,” the airline said in a statement to CNN.
As Goodfellow points out, however, this is not the only recent case of a child allegedly being sexually abused aboard an American Airlines flight.
In July 2015, a Pakistani doctor was similarly accused of groping an unaccompanied girl aboard an AA flight from New York to Chicago. Mohammad Asif Chaudhry, 57, was visiting relatives in the United States last summer when he allegedly moved from his assigned seat to sit next to the girl, who was between 12 and 16 years of age.
The girl woke up from a nap to find the doctor inappropriately touching her, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court against Chaudhry and American Airlines.
“I can’t move cause the seat belt sign is on and I want to get away,” the girl said in desperate texts to her mother, the Associated Press reported. “Mommy, I’m scared.”
Chaudhry said that the contact was inadvertent, however. He was acquitted by a federal judge in November. The lawsuit against him and American Airlines continues in an Iowa court.
After the incident, American Airlines issued a nearly identical statement to the one last week.
“It’s a mockery,” Goodfellow said of the boilerplate statements. “It’s like a slap in the face.”
He said the airline’s reaction was also identical: Move the accused man to the back, move the girl to the front and call the FBI, which handles incidents aboard flights.
Wednesday’s incident allegedly began brewing the moment Camp boarded the airplane.
The girl was flying home to the Portland area after visiting her father in San Antonio. She boarded the flight first.
Camp was wearing headphones and talking to himself when he sat down in his assigned seat, 21-B, right next to the girl.
“The first word out of his mouth was ‘F—,’” the attorney said.
If that wasn’t enough of a warning, Goodfellow said, then flight attendants should have realized there was a problem when Camp declined to move to an empty row — or at least to the aisle seat.
“That’s a big red flag,” the attorney said. “Anybody who has ever flown more than a couple of hours and knows that if there is any empty seat that is not the middle seat, of course they are going to move.” . . .
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Later in the article:
. . . In August 2014, American Airlines began requiring parents to pay $150 extra each way for unaccompanied minors ages 12-14 to fly. Previously, only unaccompanied minors ages 4-11 were required to use the service.
“This age range not only ensures the safest possible travel for our youngest customers, it’s consistent with US Airways policy before the close of our merger,” American told its employees, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“Our unaccompanied minor service is to ensure your child is boarded onto the aircraft, introduced to the flight attendant, chaperoned during connections and released to the appropriate person at their destination,” the airline’s website states. . .
American Airlines’ idea of being a chaperone is apparently to allow minors to be molested.