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Airline Sued for Pilots Watching Live Video Feed of Lavatory from Cockpit

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When a Southwest Airlines flight attendant entered the cockpit during a flight and saw an iPad showing what appeared to be live footage from the plane’s lavatory, one of the pilots assured her it was a “top secret security measure.”

The flight attendant, Renee Steinaker, sued Southwest Airlines last year for emotional distress, negligence, invasion of privacy and sexual harassment.

“We can confirm from our investigation that there was never a camera in the lavatory,” Southwest Airlines said in a statement. “The incident was an inappropriate attempt at humor, which the company did not condone.”

The airline told Ms. Steinaker it would investigate the incident and a supervisor warned her, “If this got out, if this went public, no one — I mean no one — would ever fly our airline again,” according to the complaint.

Curated from The New York Times

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