Flight Attendant Arrested for Voyeurism in Disturbing Bathroom Recording Case

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A disturbing case has emerged in Charlotte involving a 36-year-old man named Estes Thompson. The Department of Justice alleges that Thompson directed a young girl to a first-class bathroom where she discovered his hidden iPhone. What she found on the device is truly disturbing: recordings of girls using the bathroom on other flights, as well as hundreds of AI-generated child pornography images. The investigation into Thompson’s actions, which lasted for months, uncovered this horrifying evidence on his iCloud account.

Last year, the family of the 14-year-old girl from Charlotte filed a federal lawsuit against Thompson and American Airlines, seeking accountability for the traumatic incident. American Airlines, in response, has filed a request to dismiss the lawsuit, asserting that they cannot be held liable for the criminal acts of their employees if they were unaware of any propensity or disposition to commit such acts.

The family’s attorneys have criticized American Airlines’ defense as a standard boilerplate response to the claims made in the lawsuit. They firmly believe that the airline can be held accountable and seek justice for what happened to their daughter. The case now rests in the hands of a federal judge, who will make a decision in the coming weeks regarding the future proceedings.

It is important to note that regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit, criminal charges against Thompson still stand. He will face these charges in Massachusetts, as the incident occurred during a flight from Charlotte to Boston. This case highlights the vulnerability of passengers, especially minors, during air travel and the need for ensuring the safety and security of everyone on board.

The father of the 14-year-old girl emphasized in an interview last month the importance of seeking justice in such cases. He expressed his deep concern that someone in a position of authority, like Thompson, could take advantage of passengers’ vulnerable positions and commit such despicable acts. The family remains resolute in their determination to fight for justice and prevent others from experiencing a similar ordeal.

This alarming incident serves as a reminder that more attention needs to be given to safeguarding passengers’ privacy and security on flights. The airline industry must take decisive steps to ensure that such reprehensible acts are not repeated in the future. As the legal proceedings continue, the hope is that justice will be served and that measures will be implemented to prevent similar incidents from occurring again.