Flight attendant catches pilots watching livestream of bathroom toilet in cockpit

Flight attendant catches pilots watching livestream of bathroom toilet in cockpit

A Southwest Airline flight attendant found themselves in the middle of a literal c*ck-up, after catching two pilots live streaming footage from a secret camera located in the plane’s bathroom.

According to her lawsuit, attendant Renee Steinaker stumbled across the incident back in 2017, though it has taken the publication of a new report for the story to come to light. 

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As described by an article in Arizona Central, Steinaker recalls that the incident took place on a flight between Pittsburgh and Phoenix. Around two and a half hours into the journey, Captain Terry Graham asked Steinaker to enter the cockpit so that he could use the facilities since regulations stipulate that two crew members must be on the deck at all times.

It was when Graham left the room that Steinaker noticed an iPad mounted on the windshield next to the captain’s seat, showing live footage of what appeared to be Graham using the facilities. According to AZ Central:

“The filing states that Russell looked panicked and told her the cameras were a new top-secret security measure that had been installed in all Southwest Airlines planes, which Steinaker did not believe to be true.”

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Aviation attorney Ronald L.M Goldman, who is currently representing Steinaker, told reporters:

"They led her to believe that she and others had been filmed — had been videotaped if you will — while they were using the lavatory. It's really hard to imagine a more outrageous kind of conduct."

Steinaker herself alleged that the pilots also "disembarked, leaving the aircraft unattended by piloting staff," and "left a loaded firearm unattended in the cockpit, a violation of FAA regulations." She was then warned that "if this got out, if this went public, no one, I mean no one, would ever fly our airline again."

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In a response emailed to Arizona Republic, Southwest Airlines said:

"The safety and security of our employees and customers is Southwest’s uncompromising priority. As such, Southwest does not place cameras in the lavatories of our aircraft. At this time, we have no other comment on the pending litigation."

The result of the litigation is still pending.