I accuse theseVIRGIN ATLANTIC stewardesses
of conspiracy and passenger abuse If I am
wrong. Let them sue me.
Today I am taking the unprecedented step of naming five Virgin
Atlantic Airways stewardesses as conspirators
On the 14th February 1997 (a day that for me, "will live in infamy") these five Flight Attendants together with their Captain Tony Slaney on a Virgin flight from London to Miami conspired to have an innocent passenger arrested
Their names are in Flight Supervisor LORNA GAYLE (ringleader) Flight Attendants TARA ABDUL-HAMEED, HELEN AINSLEY, ANGELA ANDREWS and CLARE BURROWS.
During this flight I complained about the needless interruption of the inflight movie. I was provoked into having words with the in Flight Supervisor Lorna Gayle. I told her she was rude and I didn’t like her attitude.
On arrival in Miami three armed Police Officers boarded the plane and I was arrested and humiliated. My wife and thirteen year old daughter were also taken into custody. At no time did anybody on the plane speak to me or tell me if I had misbehaved in any way. The arresting Officers from Miami Dade County did not tell me why I was being arrested. The Police did tell me that the Captain Tony Slaney had radioed ahead and ordered my arrest and that I most likely would be going to Prison. All three of us were held under armed guard for five hours until two agents of the FBI arrived at the airport. These FBI agents interrogated the Virgin crew and Captain. My wife and daughter also interrogated. Eventually I was questioned by the FBI who told me that the reason I had been arrested was because the Captain and Cabin Crew claimed that I had attacked the crew with my fists and even had sexually molested the female cabin crew. That I had groped their breasts and buttocks and generally misbehaved. I was stunned. How would the FBI agents believe my word against the Captain of a Virgin Atlantic Airliner and the female Cabin Crew. Five stewardesses bore false witness against me. YES FIVE CABIN ATTENDANTS. The FBI Agents believed me and told me that I was the victim of a conspiracy. We were released, the Senior Immigration Officer William Stockwell told us that we were free to enter the United States for our Virgin Holiday and that no black marks were on our passports or immigration records and we would be welcomed back again. The FBI Agents told me that Captain Tony Slaney said that I would never fly with Virgin Atlantic again.
Causing misbehaviour on an Airliner bound for an American Airport is a Federal offence and that is why the FBI were called in. The penalty for such an offence can be 25 years in a Federal Prison.
My family and I were just stunned and deeply distressed that the crew of a Virgin Airliner could dream up such a conspiracy to have an innocent passenger arrested and accused of such a heinous crime. To be told that you have been abusing the female cabin crew when you have spent most of the flight sitting quietly reading the newspapers and watching the inflight video.
After arrival back in the UK we wrote to Richard Branson and Virgin Atlantic. We asked for an interview. We never got the interview and after waiting six weeks we got a reply to say that they had investigated and that I did molest the crew.
Wow! Virgin HAD DECIDED TO PROTECT THEIR CAPTAIN AND CREW
The guilty one is to be me the passenger. Letters to Virgin complaints department got me nowhere. Then you get the letter that says "we must now draw the correspondence to a close". In other words "Don’t bother us any more"
Of course Virgin Atlantic know the truth. They had decided "to hell with the passenger". These five and maybe Captain Tony Slaney, should have been sacked on the spot. These female flight attendants named above are guilty of gross misconduct of the worst kind. To tell such lies to the Miami Police and the FBI. To accuse an innocent passenger of sexually abusing them. Virgin Atlantic management must have investigated and found that this Gang of Five had lied and then decided to protect them. What kind of an airline is this?
I have three separate letters from Virgin Atlantic Customer Relations Department, two signed Caroline Lynham and the other Lynn Florkiewicz. These letters state that Richard Branson is aware of my case. So he is in it too! The BIG COVER UP to protect their miserable Cabin Crew and Captain. How can you trust an organisation like this?
These events took place on 14th February 1997. We have not forgotten, it is difficult to believe that Virgin Atlantics Cabin Crew could behave in such a malicious and vindictive way and tell such disgusting lies. To falsely accuse a passenger of sexual molestation is about as low as you can get.
Virgin Atlantic Management WHO SUPPORTED THEM AND COVERED UP, NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ME TO COURT FOR SLANDER, LIBEL or WHATEVER.
We did not enjoy our visit to Florida. I have had many sleepless nights over the years contemplating on the behaviour and reaction of an airline such as Virgin Atlantic that employs such trash and then management that goes out of their way to protect them?
SHAME on you BRANSON
SHAME on you VIRGIN ATLANTIC
….calling Capt Slaney….come in Capt Slaney…(Click here)
Letter to LORNA - which Lorna? (Click here)