Captain Tony Slaney - Lord of the Lies
C/O Virgin Atlantic Airways
This letter is from Edward Phillips - Passenger on VS005 London to Miami
Mailed to Captain Tony Slaney on St Valentines Day 14th February 2003
Captain Tony Slaney,
Even though we have never met I do hope that you remember me. I was travelling with Virgin Flight 005 on the 14 February 1997. I objected to the interruption of the In Flight Movie to give the name of the winner of a competition. As it was a very exciting movie (Ransom with Mel Gibson) and the interruption was at the most exciting part of the movie. This interruption was made uncaringly and without any thought by your crew as we had another five hours flying time. Later I was approached and provoked into an exchange of words with a Stewardess, I told her she was rude and I didnít like her attitude, she told me she was the In Flight Supervisor. I replied "that probably accounts for your superior attitude". She disappeared through the curtains of the First Class section. Some twenty minutes later you Captain Slaney made an announcement that "A passenger has verbally and physically assaulted a member of the crew and we have witnesses, if this behaviour persists I will land the plane in Canada and hand the passenger over to the Canadian Police." Of course I had no idea that you were referring to me. How could you be referring to me? Nothing in your announcement gave any hint that it was I, the passenger in seat 27C. I had certainly not touched any member of the crew or abused them in any way.
THE MANIPULATION OF THE PASSENGERS
Some twenty minutes after your announcement the two passengers sitting next to me were upgraded into the First Class. Two stewardesses came over and started to take their hand luggage from the overhead lockers and their baby. The man sitting next to me whom I had been chatting with told me that they were being upgraded into the First Class section. I looked at the two empty seats next to me and felt a little uncomfortable. Could that announcement by the Captain have been meant for me? Later I walked around to stretch my legs and asked some of the passengers at the back of the aircraft if they had seen any trouble referring to your announcement. It seems all was well, nobody had seen anything untoward. The incident must have been in the First Class section. Little did I realise at the time that I was being framed! Passengers were being moved around and manipulated by your Cabin Crew Captain Slaney. As the Captain you were a party to all that was happening on your plane.
REQUEST TO THE CAPTAIN WAS DENIED
Some hours later shortly before landing, I asked a Stewardess if the incident referred to by the Captain had taken place in the First Class? She pointed her finger at me and said, "It happened here." I thought, "She must be joking". I told my wife about it. My wife was furious. She said "If that is a joke its not a very funny one." My wife asked to speak to the Captain. I asked to speak to the Captain. This was denied. We were told that the Captain couldn't leave the cockpit. I said, "I would like to speak to the Captain after we land." My request to speak to the Captain after arrival was ignored.
THE ARREST BY THE MIAMI POLICE
On landing in Miami three armed police officers appeared and I was arrested and taken off the aircraft. Of course I did not know why I was being arrested. Being of average intelligence I could not perceive of anything that I had done that warranted arrest. Nobody approached me during the flight to complain of any misdemeanour that I may have committed. The Miami Police told me that I would be committed to Prison and eventually deported. "What have I done?" I asked. They refused to tell me. My wife and thirteen-year-old daughter were also taken into custody. We all three were detained and later individually questioned by two FBI Agents who told me that the allegations were that I had sexually assaulted the female Flight Attendants. They then described my actions how I had been groping the crewmembers and generally behaving in a manner that I can only describe as pretty awful. That they were called in because this was a Federal Offence as the Aircraft and passengers were in danger. I was stunned and shocked. I felt that the FBI will never believe me against the words of the Virgin Cabin Crew and their Captain (Tony Slaney). I knew that this was all a tissue of lies. What were my chances in a case like this. It seems that the FBI Agents were of a high enough calibre to realise that I was the victim of an amazing conspiracy hatched by the cabin crew of Virgin Atlantic VS005. My family and I were released our passports were stamped and we were told to have a good vacation and that there were no black marks on my name on the US. Immigration Computer.
We had been detained for five hours. I had been threatened with imprisonment and deportation. I had been accused of a heinous crime. The FBI had told me that I had allegedly sexually molested the female crew of the Virgin Flight. The FBI had also told me that I was the victim of a conspiracy and that they were bringing no charges against me. The FBI said that you, Captain Slaney had told them that I would never fly with Virgin Atlantic again. You can guess that we did not have a very nice holiday. What with the threat that the British Police would be waiting for me at Gatwick Airport and how do I get home. After all you, Captain Slaney said I would never fly Virgin again. Amazingly two weeks later we flew back to England with Virgin Atlantic. More amazing is the fact that if Virgin Atlantic thought I was such a danger to the plane, passengers and crew that they allowed me to fly home on one of their aircraft
After our return to England I managed to obtain the Miami Police report.
I was astounded on reading this report that the allegations were that I had abused and sexually molested five Virgin Flight Attendants, all of them women.
It is amazing that these Flight Attendants could tell such lies. I certainly had no problems on the plane with anybody except the In Flight Supervisor. She was the one who was rude. She was the one whom I had told " I donít like your attitude."
She was the one who had organised her four colleagues to lie and report to you as their Captain that I had been abusing and molesting them.
A POSITION OF TRUST
How could a person in such of a position of trust as an In Flight Supervisor tell such blatant lies and then organise her colleagues to lie and support her story. How could the Captain of an Airliner believe her and not even bother to talk to the passenger who was accused of such conduct. I hate to say it Captain Slaney but you must be either very naïve or very stupid or you are a member of this conspiracy to have an innocent passenger arrested. Maybe IFS Lorna Gayle has a hold on you.
Of course when all of this happened I did not know you're name or any of the crew. If I had known what was going on around me I would have been writing down names and addresses. I was Framed by your Cabin Crew and you are party to it.
I tried to take Virgin Atlantic Airlines to court in the USA. Because of the Warsaw Convention my attempt failed. However my American lawyers were able to get what they call a Discovery. I got the in Flight Supervisors report, her name is Lorna Gayle she is the ringleader of the Conspiracy. In her report she describes in detail how I had attacked the cabin crew and what I did to them. I also got your report Captain Slaney in your own handwriting in which you describe how I had sexually molested the Stewardesses and how I had physically and verbally assaulted them. Well Captain Slaney I say that you are a liar of the first order. Not only are you a liar but you are stupid as well. In fact you should not be in charge of a Whelk Stall let alone an aircraft with passengers on board. You are a disgrace to the position you hold as a Captain and Pilot. I will be sending this letter to various individuals and organisations including the British Airline Pilots Association. So I am going to publish these details far and wide. I am slandering you because you are a liar and you know it. You are not to be trusted! You are incompetent!
The same can be said for the company that you work for. Virgin Atlantic Airlines know the truth but instead of apologising to a passenger who has suffered abuse from their crew all they wanted was to protect their crew and to hell with the passengers.
RICHARD BRANSON - HYPOCRITE
Richard Branson is so two faced and twisted. His latest action is to reward a minor celebrity who was arrested after swearing abuse at the cabin crew during a Virgin Flight from Los Angeles to London only last week. How was Courtney Love treated by Branson and his airline? Was she banned from Virgin Atlantic and taken to court? No! Richard Branson kisses her on the lips and rewards her with four free First Class flights with Virgin Atlantic Airways. These free flights are worth over £24,444 (Daily Mail 5 Feb 2003). So what is your boss playing at?
If a passenger has a legitimate complaint as I had, after being abused by you and your motley crew. He is treated like dirt. If it is a celebrity who in my opinion should have been put in jail, they are rewarded with First Class tickets.
Captain Slaney you had the opportunity to apologise to me when I wrote to you on the 23rd June 1999. You chose not to do so. Instead you ignored my letter and passed it to Virgin's legal Department. You were the Captain of VS005 on the 14th February 1997. If you were not aware that you had been hoodwinked by IFS Lorna Gayle and the other stewardesses who are named below then you certainly were aware after you received my letter. In spite of my letter to you. You are so drunk with the power that you wield over innocent passengers I can only assume that you were a member of the conspiracy to have me arrested, after all you were the one that ordered my arrest! The thought that an innocent passenger was facing twenty years in a Federal Prison as a sexual molester seemed to be of little concern to you. It seems that you are lacking basic civilised morals and yet you hold the position of Pilot and Captain. You are really disgusting.
I am a very angry, my wife is angry and my daughter is angry.
It's seldom that I consume alcohol, I do not smoke, I abhor bad language and I hate to see injustice. That is the reason why I will not go away. I shall pursue you with letters and publications of your misdeeds and outrageous behaviour until you take me to court for slander. If you do not sue for slander then it looks as though you are guilty of the misdeeds as outlined above.
I am looking forward to receiving the Recorded Delivery Letter from you or Virgin Atlantic Airlines telling me that you or the airline are taking legal action against me. Let's see how long it takes.
This letter is mailed to you on Valentines Day; 14th February 2003 it is the 6th anniversary of your disgusting behaviour towards an innocent passenger and his family. This letter will be published on my website and will stay there until I get an apology from you and the Airline.
Your mishandling of a small incident on a Flight to Miami in 1997 has caused my family and I much distress. I will not forget for the rest of my life. You and your slimy crew-members that were involved in the Conspiracy should have all been sacked on the spot. The Airline is as bad as you. Their handling of the Lorna Gayle Conspiracy shows the incompetence and prejudice to passengers with a legitimate complaint. They are only concerned with cover-up.
Members of the crew of Virgin Flight Vs005 14 February1997.
Captain Tony Slaney
Ifs. Lorna Gayle - Tara Abdul Hameed - Clare Burrows -
Angela Andrews - Helen Ainsley
With all Sincerity - EDWARD PHILLIPS
Letter to Lorna - which Lorna? (Click here)
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