3/16/2012

'They couldn't stop people watching the videos': Flight attendant fired after dressing in drag and mocking his bosses in YouTube spoof

 An American Airlines flight attendant who dressed in drag and mocked his bosses in spoof videos he posted online has been fired.
Miami-based Gailen David appeared in drag as the ‘Aluminium Lady’ in a series of videos that made fun of the company’s financial difficulties.
His popular YouTube channel has received hundreds of thousands of hits, and he also runs a website where he publishes gossip about the airline.
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Gailen David American Airlines
Mocking: Miami-based Gailen David appears in drag as the ¿Aluminium Lady¿
The 24-year-old said he would be fighting the dismissal and added he was 'absolutely' fired because of the videos, which airline bosses demanded he take down.
‘The videos kept getting watched and they couldn't stop it, that's what caused all the trouble,’ he told NBC Miami. ‘They're being very selective over what they chose to fire me for.’

 
But American Airlines denied that this was this case and claimed it was because the flight attendant published private details about AA passengers and promoted competitors on his website.
'Mr. David was counseled last year about the serious nature of both passenger privacy and conflict of interest violations. He has repeatedly failed to adhere to our policies,' spokesman Bruce Hicks said in a statement.
Gailen David
Gailen David
Chameleon: David in his usual flight attendant attire, left, and in drag, right
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Spoof: A still from the video which may have led to the 24-year-old's dismissal
Gailen David
Popular: 'The videos kept getting watched and they couldn't stop it, that's what caused all the trouble,' David says

‘We take our passengers’ privacy seriously and will not allow employees to violate that trust.’
David said he started making the videos because he wanted to expose truths about the airline and bring success for the company which filed for bankruptcy in November last year.
'All of these people were flying first class...and they bump regular customers,' he said. 'I wanted to ensure everyone that this is what goes on at American Airlines. It's not about the customers.
'It just didn't seem that the customer was being put as the number one purpose, that's why I started doing this. It has gone downhill and they have not kept up with the competition.'
He added that he would keep making the videos. 'I'm just going to continue with what I am doing,' David said.
'I'll continue to present accurate information about American Airlines. I'm not trying to slander them...hopefully they can get it turned around.'
 

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