American Flight Attendant Arrested After Allegedly Filming Multiple Children in Lavatory

by Anthony Losanno
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Back in September, I wrote about an American Airlines flight attendant who was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over a “potential criminal act” on American Airlines flight AA1441 from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). A hidden camera was allegedly found in the First Class lavatory after a young girl used the restroom. Now, the flight attendant has been arrested and additional insidious acts have been discovered.

Thompson Mugshot

CNN is reporting that Estes Carter Thompson III of Charlotte, NC has been arrested Thursday in Lynchburg, VA and charged with one count of attempted sexual exploitation of children and one count of possession of child pornography depicting a prepubescent minor. Four more videos were found on Thompson’s Apple iCloud account all depicting children in the same lavatory, but on different flights.

At the time, reports said that the camera was discovered after a teenage girl went to the lavatory on flight 1441. Thompson apparently stopped her before she went into the restroom by saying that he had to wash his hands. He went in, came out, and allowed her to enter. After she left, he went back into the lavatory.

Boston 25 reported that a passenger on the flight said the girl’s mother ran up the aisle and prevented another female passenger from using the lavatory by saying that she believed there was a hidden camera in there. Authorities boarded the Airbus A321 after it landed in Boston. Because the incident happened midflight the investigation was handed over to the FBI.

While searching Thompson’s baggage, investigators found 11 additional inoperative catering equipment stickers that match the one used to secure the iPhone to the toilet’s lid. After the incident in September, Thompson was with held from service and hasn’t worked for American Airlines since then.

Acting United States Attorney,  Joshua S. Levy, commented:

The deeply disturbing conduct alleged here is something no parent or child should ever have to worry about when they travel. Mr. Thompson allegedly used his position to prey on and surreptitiously record innocent children, including unaccompanied minors, while in a vulnerable state aboard flights he was working.”

Anthony’s Take: People (especially children and their parents) should not have to worry about being video recorded while they are using the lavatory. If the charges are found true, then an appropriate sentence will hopefully be handed down.

(Image Credits: Lewis & Llewellyn LLP and Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.)

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