Woman Claims American Airlines Employee Stalked Her While Onboard

Rebekah Sager
January 15, 2020 - 11:05 am

A woman flying on an American Airlines plane says an employee of the airline stalked her during her flight. 

While Ashley Barno was waiting for her flight at the San Diego International Airport last April, she got a text from an unknown sender. 

In an exclusive interview with ABC 7 in San Diego, Barno says the texts started with: “Hey, Ashley! How are you?” Ashley replied politely, “I’m good, thank you!” Adding, “Sorry, but I’m not sure who this is.”

The next series of texts started to frighten Barno. “BTW I must tell you that you are gorgeous,” wrote the unknown person. “The whole time I kept asking him, ‘Who are you? How do you know who I am? How’d you get my info,” Barno asked.

The person went on to tell Barno she was "gorgeous" in the "grey top" she was wearing. Finally, the person revealed his name as "Ahmad." And said he worked for the airline. 

Barno's texts continued during her flight to Chicago, where Ahmad told her he was also on the flight. He asked her to join him when the flight landed. She told him to leave her alone. 

“Ok it’s up to you, but friendship with me will be very beneficial for you,” “Ahmad" responded. “I can always give you good seats, access to the lounges, and free drinks.”

Barno asked a flight attendant for help, and it was confirmed that he was an employee. 

When the flight landed, "Ahmad" was escorted off the plane. 

She learned that he had gotten her name, cell phone number, and address from the luggage tag on her carry-on bag. Barno assumes he was sitting next to or near her on the plane and must have copied her personal information or took a photo of her luggage tag, which did not have a flap that covered her name etc... 

Barno wants to make sure that "Ahmad" is either disciplined or fired and has hired an attorney who says he's tried to get answers for his client but has not gotten any response from the airline. 

An American Airlines spokesperson told NBC 7:

“American Airlines takes the privacy and safety of our customers very seriously. While we can’t discuss details about this individual case, we investigated the allegations and took appropriate action.”