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Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:58 am

So this is a crazy story. An airline employee gets a passenger's phone number and incessantly texts her throughout the flight like a stalker
https://abcnews.go.com/US/woman-sues-am ... d=68268834
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:46 am

When you're a woman, that's sort of non-news. I think every lady meets one of these. Particularly in our late teens and early twenties. It's almost relieving to be a bit aged and not as much of a magnet for these types.
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:51 am

So why didn’t she simply block the sender’s number once he refused to reveal who he was and/or she decided she didn’t like the direction the conversation was going?

How can this escalate into legal action against the airline?
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:37 pm

You guys seriously blaming the woman for being stalked? Unbelievable.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:25 pm

How do you all know she decided to keep getting the texts? Have you ever been stalked? I have. It brings out a lot extra. And before you ask. I could sue over it but I have been through enough and hopefully it is done.
There are so many things that can get into a person’s mind. What if it is a pilot and he would crash the plane if she did that? I think a bit of people would have that thought alone, even ones that don’t normally have anxiety. How do you know it didn’t trigger other things?
Strong people survive in messed up scenarios, get faulted for not handling it right by people with no exact context and then go about their lives the best they can while filtering things through a new set of eyes and challenges to deal with that was not asked for.
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:29 pm

Wow, so many opinions with so little evidence. So many replies about how this woman is a “ gold digger”, and how women run to HR every time they are offered a compliment, but I have seen only one reply where someone actually blames this texter.
Maybe she didn’t know how to block the text?
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:43 pm

TObound wrote:
You guys seriously blaming the woman for being stalked? Unbelievable.


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This is a bit like someone repeatedly trying to steal your handbag and your response to this criminal behaviour being put on trial. Ridiculous IMO.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:56 pm

Blocking the number does seem like an easy solution. On the other hand, the idiot behaving this way would just do it again to someone else. Perhaps now he learns his lesson instead.

People just suck.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:02 pm

jumpship wrote:
How do you all know she decided to keep getting the texts? Have you ever been stalked? I have. It brings out a lot extra. And before you ask. I could sue over it but I have been through enough and hopefully it is done.
There are so many things that can get into a person’s mind. What if it is a pilot and he would crash the plane if she did that? I think a bit of people would have that thought alone, even ones that don’t normally have anxiety. How do you know it didn’t trigger other things?
Strong people survive in messed up scenarios, get faulted for not handling it right by people with no exact context and then go about their lives the best they can while filtering things through a new set of eyes and challenges to deal with that was not asked for.

If she hasn't kept the texts, she doesn't have a case.
She decided to sue AA based on sexually-explicit texts; she will need to prove this, hence she has the texts.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:14 pm

intrance wrote:
Blocking the number does seem like an easy solution. On the other hand, the idiot behaving this way would just do it again to someone else. Perhaps now he learns his lesson instead.

People just suck.


And AA is responsible when it fails to discipline employees who suck. If her attorney can prove this point AA looks very, very bad:

The suit also alleges that American Airlines knew of John Doe’s propensity to contact the airline’s customers in this way but failed to terminate his employment.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:08 pm

Why is it important to specify "female passenger"?

An airline employee stalking any passenger is creepy, in my opinion.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:16 pm

VV wrote:
Why is it important to specify "female passenger"?

An airline employee stalking any passenger is creepy, in my opinion.

Most men wouldn’t care if they got send random texts by female airline staff. Depending on the content I would laugh about it or accept the invitation.

Reality is most women have been physically intimidated by men in their lives while the other way around is something rare. That influences how freakish advances are perceived.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:32 pm

VV wrote:
Why is it important to specify "female passenger"?

An airline employee stalking any passenger is creepy, in my opinion.


Why is it important to specify "airline employee"?

someone stalking someone is creepy.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:57 pm

The linked story says she had her phone number on her luggage tag, if that's correct. Shouldn't do that these days.

At the same, blaming her is ridiculous at best. There was at least one text starting the string before she could have blocked the number. Considering it came from an AA employee, that's one too many. And they may have started out more benign before any receiving party would have blocked the number. The point here is....an AA employee was sexually harassing a customer on one of their flights, and had a history of doing it. THAT is the issue, not the woman's reaction. This constant "blame the other person" mentality is infecting a.net.
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:46 pm

cschleic wrote:
The linked story says she had her phone number on her luggage tag, if that's correct. Shouldn't do that these days.



Working with baggage service people has long since taught me that the only thing you want on the outside of your bag is the checked tag, and perhaps a tag with just your name. I also recommend putting those little paper tags they give you at the counters, simply because it'll draw attention to the airline staff if it has their logo on it.

Everything else goes on a tag inside the bag.

It’s amazing what people put in plain sight. Names, email addresses, home addresses.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:45 pm

FGITD wrote:
cschleic wrote:
The linked story says she had her phone number on her luggage tag, if that's correct. Shouldn't do that these days.



Working with baggage service people has long since taught me that the only thing you want on the outside of your bag is the checked tag, and perhaps a tag with just your name. I also recommend putting those little paper tags they give you at the counters, simply because it'll draw attention to the airline staff if it has their logo on it.

Everything else goes on a tag inside the bag.

It’s amazing what people put in plain sight. Names, email addresses, home addresses.

Well, some airlines recommend it:
Air France: We also recommend that you attach an address tag including your first and last name, mobile phone number and e-mail address to the outside of your baggage.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:04 pm

vhtje wrote:
So why didn’t she simply block the sender’s number once he refused to reveal who he was and/or she decided she didn’t like the direction the conversation was going?

How can this escalate into legal action against the airline?


Because he is an airline employee harassing a customer?
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:23 pm

VV wrote:
Why is it important to specify "female passenger"?

An airline employee stalking any passenger is creepy, in my opinion.


"Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them” - Margaret Atwood

It’s a different world out there for women then men. And that difference is based on reality. Specifying matters.
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:36 pm

FGITD wrote:
cschleic wrote:
The linked story says she had her phone number on her luggage tag, if that's correct. Shouldn't do that these days.



Working with baggage service people has long since taught me that the only thing you want on the outside of your bag is the checked tag, and perhaps a tag with just your name. I also recommend putting those little paper tags they give you at the counters, simply because it'll draw attention to the airline staff if it has their logo on it.

Everything else goes on a tag inside the bag.

It’s amazing what people put in plain sight. Names, email addresses, home addresses.


I put a business card in a plastic holder that only shows one side. I write “open to read”’on the side of the card that is readily visible.
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Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:30 am

WayexTDI wrote:
FGITD wrote:
cschleic wrote:
The linked story says she had her phone number on her luggage tag, if that's correct. Shouldn't do that these days.



Working with baggage service people has long since taught me that the only thing you want on the outside of your bag is the checked tag, and perhaps a tag with just your name. I also recommend putting those little paper tags they give you at the counters, simply because it'll draw attention to the airline staff if it has their logo on it.

Everything else goes on a tag inside the bag.

It’s amazing what people put in plain sight. Names, email addresses, home addresses.

Well, some airlines recommend it:
Air France: We also recommend that you attach an address tag including your first and last name, mobile phone number and e-mail address to the outside of your baggage.


I put my info on a crappy A4 sheet of paper inside an outside pocket.

But c'mon, honestly, we give away personal info online, particularly on social media, for no good reasons. Creep could've been an airline employee just as well as a Facebook worker, or a gym desk clerk.
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:35 am

It's really amazing how little bits of information can get you in trouble. I once was working at the ticket counter and gave a guy who was having a rough day upgrades on his flights home. Little did I know that he would incessantly be calling the ticket counter to reach me (lord knows how he got the number) and eventually would be calling me at home. All from the name plate I was wearing. It's important to note that most preprinted bag tags have your name on them, anyway. I recommend that people put a name tag with their info on the outside of the bag as well as inside in case the bag tag falls off, as many agents do not think to open the bag and search for your information. If a bag tag falls off, and a passenger's name tag is already attached, it's easy to find them on the tracer list. One way to prevent people from readily seeing your name is to have a name tag with the information closed to the outside. Not sure what happened here, but I'll bet the woman's name was readily accessible.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:00 pm

gatibosgru wrote:
vhtje wrote:
So why didn’t she simply block the sender’s number once he refused to reveal who he was and/or she decided she didn’t like the direction the conversation was going?

How can this escalate into legal action against the airline?


Because he is an airline employee harassing a customer?


The fact he is an airline employee doesn't matter. He could be a hotel employee, a hospital employee, a department store employee, a gym employee, a club employee... any business/service/organisation that stores as reasonable amount of data on their customers/users/members and therefore employees of which are able to obtain customer/user/member's mobile phone numbers.

But that isn't my point. My point is, in this digital, app-enabled, texting world, we all get attention online from others we do not necessarily welcome. The answer to this is the block button, available whenever the interaction is going in a direction with which we are not comfortable. Why didn't Ms Barno simply block him?

Note: none of what I wrote above is to defend the guy, or to say is actions were not repugnant. I have no idea, I do not know what he sent. His texts could have been completely benign, or they could have been the filthiest, most offensive texts known to humankind. I simply don't know - and my thresholds of tolerance for this are probably completely different to Ms Barno's. But, if Ms Barno didn't like what she was receiving, she had the power to stop it, by blocking the sender. But she chose not to, for whatever reason. If she was that offended by it, she could have stopped it much earlier.
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:14 am

vhtje wrote:
gatibosgru wrote:
vhtje wrote:
So why didn’t she simply block the sender’s number once he refused to reveal who he was and/or she decided she didn’t like the direction the conversation was going?

How can this escalate into legal action against the airline?


Because he is an airline employee harassing a customer?


The fact he is an airline employee doesn't matter. He could be a hotel employee, a hospital employee, a department store employee, a gym employee, a club employee... any business/service/organisation that stores as reasonable amount of data on their customers/users/members and therefore employees of which are able to obtain customer/user/member's mobile phone numbers.

But that isn't my point. My point is, in this digital, app-enabled, texting world, we all get attention online from others we do not necessarily welcome. The answer to this is the block button, available whenever the interaction is going in a direction with which we are not comfortable. Why didn't Ms Barno simply block him?

Note: none of what I wrote above is to defend the guy, or to say is actions were not repugnant. I have no idea, I do not know what he sent. His texts could have been completely benign, or they could have been the filthiest, most offensive texts known to humankind. I simply don't know - and my thresholds of tolerance for this are probably completely different to Ms Barno's. But, if Ms Barno didn't like what she was receiving, she had the power to stop it, by blocking the sender. But she chose not to, for whatever reason. If she was that offended by it, she could have stopped it much earlier.


Blocking them won't prevent them from doing it to others. At that point evidence is the only way to prevent them from continuing said behavior. But I will admit I know very little of the case, just saying I understand why blocking "won't make the problem go away", it only makes the problem go away for YOU.
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:04 am

In the UK, the employee would have breached Data Protection laws by obtaining the individual's private number by accessing his employer's IT systems. Then by texting her during the flight is harassment, pure and simple. Ten out of ten to the passenger for retaining the texts and suing the airline. Hopefully she will be compensated.
 
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Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:27 am

And just to add, the employee may face a disciplinary due to his untoward behaviour. Not exactly customer friendly!
 
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Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:41 am

vhtje wrote:

Note: none of what I wrote above is to defend the guy, or to say is actions were not repugnant. I have no idea, I do not know what he sent. His texts could have been completely benign, or they could have been the filthiest, most offensive texts known to humankind. I simply don't know - and my thresholds of tolerance for this are probably completely different to Ms Barno's. But, if Ms Barno didn't like what she was receiving, she had the power to stop it, by blocking the sender. But she chose not to, for whatever reason. If she was that offended by it, she could have stopped it much earlier.


I have to agree with you here. I've had two ex-girlfriends and a few female friends in my lifetime who perpetually had stalkers or were randomly stalked on a regular basis. Is I got older I learned that they were just that type, with some kind of mental issue. I can identify a woman like that now in minutes, and I know that, no matter how hot she is, it's better to just KEEP THE HELL AWAY..... And in the case of this woman, she really could have just blocked the number instead of playing the stalked Sherlock Holmes. Maybe she's just ridiculously naive.

I don't want to victim shame here as I know there are some creepy and dangerous men out there who would do things like that. That's why I think it would be better in this case to wait until all the facts are out before coming to any conclusions.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:52 am

A ‘woman like that’?.
 
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Re: Airline employee stalks female passenger

Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:05 pm

bennett123 wrote:
A ‘woman like that’?.


Do you need any further clarification?

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