A Southwest Airlines flight attendant says in a shocking new lawsuit that she caught two pilots who streamed photos from hidden cameras into the cockpit – live, from the plane's bathroom, a report Friday said.
Defendant Renee Steinaker claims in her lawsuit that she discovered the surveillance during a flight from Pittsburgh to Phoenix in 2017, Arizona Central reported.
At one point during the flight, the pilot, Captain Terry Graham, asked her to come to the cockpit so he could go to the bath, the suit claims.
The request was not unusual, as it is Southwest Airlines policy that two crew members are in the cockpit at all times, the suit explains.
What was unusual was what Steinaker says she saw when she came to the cockpit.
Steinaker noticed an iPad on the windshield that showed a livestream video being played by Graham in the bathroom, according to the report.
The captain's co-pilot, Ryan Russell, p anicked when he realized she noticed the device, the report states.
Russell claimed it was part of a new security measure that was featured on all Southwest flights, Arizona Central reported ̵[ads1]1; but the flight attendant was not fooled.
Steinaker snapped a photo of the iPad and notified superiors when the plane landed, according to the report.
"The safety and security of our employees and customers is Southwest's uncompromising priority.
" As such, Southwest does not place cameras in the toilets of our aircraft. At the moment we have no other comments on the pending litigation, "the airline told the newspaper in a statement.