Gailen David, an American Airlines flight attendant, has been fired for dressing up in drag as the "Aluminum Lady" in a series of videos that mocked the airline's financial difficulties. The popular videos (below) have received tens of thousands of views.
David also runs a website, dearskysteward.com, where the videos and articles about American Airlines gossip and airplane etiquette are posted.
American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks said in a statement released Wednesday: "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. We take our passengers’ privacy seriously and will not allow employees to violate that trust."
In a statement to NBC 6 Miami, David said he was "absolutely" fired because of the videos: "The videos kept getting watched and they couldn't stop it, that's what caused all the trouble."
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David also said the flight information he posted was about former and current American Airlines executives, not customers: "All of these people were flying first class...and they bump regular customers. I wanted to ensure everyone that this is what goes on at American Airlines. It's not about the customers."
David said he's appealing the termination and will continue to speak out: "I'm just going to continue with what I am doing. I'll continue to present accurate information about American Airlines. I'm not trying to slander them ... hopefully they can get it turned around."