Flight attendant sues Southwest over hidden bathroom camera
Renee Steinaker was working as a flight attendant on a Southwest Airlines flight between Pittsburgh and Phoenix when she made a disturbing discovery.
Steinaker was allegedly asked to step into the cockpit about two and a half hours into the flight so that the pilot, Captain Terry Graham, could use the restroom. It was then that Steinaker noticed an iPad mounted onto the windshield near the co-captain's seat that appeared to be a live feed of Graham inside the airplane's bathroom.
The incident occurred on February 27, 2017, but Steinaker has now officially filed a lawsuit against the airline and the two pilots. The ABC News video above breaks down the story.
"It occurred to her that she, having used the lavatory, as had many of the other attendants and passengers, had likely been filmed by these two pilots while they were flying the airplane," attorney Ronald Goldman told ABC News.
According to legal documents shown in the ABC News segment, Steinaker was advised by a supervisor to "not talk to anybody about what happened" because if the public found out about the case, "no one would fly [the] airline ever again."
Steinaker also claims that the co-pilot, Ryan Russell, admitted it to be live streaming and claimed the bathroom camera was hidden, so no one would be able to tell it was in there. According to CNN, Russell said it was a "security measure" implemented in all Southwest plane bathrooms.
Both pilots are now denying Steinaker's allegations. Southwest confirmed to ABC News that they took the initial report seriously and conducted an investigation immediately — concluding that there was no evidence of a hidden camera found in that bathroom.
Steinaker is seeking at least $50,000 in damages. Steinaker and the two pilots are still employed by Southwest Airlines.
Watch the ABC News clip to learn more about the shocking allegations.