American Air Sues Worker Behind Parody Videos

Fired flight attendant claims paying customers were bumped for airline execs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2012 8:21 AM CDT

American Airlines is suing a former flight attendant who has mocked the airline's management in a series of YouTube videos. Gailen David, who was fired a few weeks ago, revealed the flight plans of several airline execs and claimed that the airline had bumped frequent flyers from first class to coach to make room for them, according to the lawsuit. The suit accuses Gailen and 10 unnamed airline workers who allegedly passed him information of breach of duty, conspiracy, and trade infringement, MSNBC reports.

"The travel information of American Airlines' passengers is considered both private and confidential, regardless of their relationship to the company," an airline spokesman says. David says he's not going to stop poking fun at airline honchos and he believes the trial will expose more of what he sees as mismanagement at the airline. "I will not stop," he says. "American Airlines knows that I am a force to be reckoned with, and they are trying to shut me down." (Read more American Airlines stories.)

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