Barno thanked the sender for the flattery and asked again for his name. There was also the fact that she was trapped on a plane with this man and there was nowhere she could go to get away from him.
"You are looking very gorgeous in that gray top today", read another text.
Ahmad allegedly ignored Barno's wishes telling her a "friendship with me will be very beneficial for you".
Barno says the messages turned out to be from an American Airlines employee, named in the suit as a John Doe, who had seen her number on her luggage tag.
It was later revealed that the American Airlines employee was not working when he was sending Barno the texts while she was on the plane.
Btw I must tell you that you are gorgeous!
"American Airlines takes the privacy and safety of our customers seriously".
They added:' We investigated the allegations and took applicable motion.
Samo hopes that the lawsuit will remind not only American but other airlines of their duty to help passengers and the public.
Joe Samo, Barno's lawyer, shared that he tried to get an update from American, along with a reasonable payment for his client's suffering.
"This is weird", she wrote to him.
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He's then stated to have informed a apprehensive Ashley he may get her free flights and entry to lounges, including: 'Will you be a part of me?
He asked, twice, "Whats ur seat number?" "Come on join me!" "I have two seats open next to me!" he claimed. But, when she pressed him, he wrote, "Honestly I got it from ur bagtag".
According to a screen grab of the text messages obtained by The Washington Post, Barno, who also spoke out to the news outlet, then texted back "I gave you my number???"
She informs him ahead program himself- besides, she remains in an extremely public location, and also it's far better now than later on when she's all alone.
"Just knowing that he knew what I looked like, and that we were in an enclosed plane and that there's no way out, like really, really scared me", she told NBC 7. "I will be very respectful to you always". She then replied saying that she was "good" before asking who the person was.
Later, he sent her three more texts asking about her flight and whether Chicago was her final destination.
Ultimately, Barno had no idea who the texter was yet he knew what she looked like and where she was going. When the airplane landed, security guards escorted the man off the plane-the flight attendant told Barno that "this wasn't the first time he'd done something like this". "The employee involved in the complaint is no longer employed at American Airlines", the company said in a statement to CNN. The lawsuit alleges American Airlines "knew of its employee's propensity to inappropriately contact its customers yet continued to retain him as an employee". She has since hired an attorney and filed a suit against the airline for negligent hiring, sexual harassment and other alleged misconduct.
The suit also says that the man kept her phone number and "did not stop contacting her for a long period of time, and also sent her sexually-suggestive images".
The sender tried to use his perks as an American employee to impress Barno.
And, as it so happened, he'd booked the same flight as her. His name is "Ahmad", he tells her.
"That added a lot of insult to injury", he said.