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."
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."