I smell a rat: AA hostess accused of pet trafficking – e

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jul 12, 2013 in Rat News | Subscribe




Colleagues claim flight attendant smuggled rats on-board.





An American Airlines (AA) flight attendant is suing the airline following allegations by colleagues that she had smuggled pet rats onto an international flight last year.

In February 2012 an AA pilot claimed that Louann Giambattista smuggled her pet rats inside her underwear and pantyhose onto an international flight, the Daily Mail reported.

The pilot said there was ‘a bulge in [her] pocket’ and saw ‘what he thought was a live pet,’ according to papers filed in Brooklyn’s federal court.

Another AA colleague alleged that on a flight to Miami that same day, she witnessed the accused feeding a pet rat a bread roll, disguised in a paper cup.

Ms Giambattista claims that the bread roll in the paper cup was not for feeding a rat but rather herself, and that the cup was to avoid looking unprofessional in front of passengers.

Upon landing Ms Giambattista said she was questioned and her luggage was searched for more than an hour, but officials did not find any rats.

The 55 year-old air hostess from Long Island said the criminal accusations have resulted in her being blacklisted by United States customs for over a year.

Ms Giambattista is seeking damages for ‘debilitating anxiety’ and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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