Barno explained to The Post that her reason for filing a lawsuit was because American Airlines had allegedly not taken action after she had been calling them for months.
These are the messages that Ashley Barno claims she received from an American Airlines employee previous year, as she was passing through the San Diego International Airport, and even while she was seated on her subsequent flight. Here, she received the first message.
In the exchange, the former employee proceeds to describe Barno's outfit and repeatedly offers to get her a better seat on the plane.
"I think its a NO then", he wrote when she didn't reply, attaching an animated picture of a man holding a flower, with script reading "Forgive Me?" below.
The person replied by saying that Barno was gorgeous.
Barno, clad in a gray shirt, looked around the gate area, glancing over her shoulder.
This caused even more concern for the passenger, so she tried to find a recognizable face in the airport's Terminal 2.
The woman alleges the airline learned of the man's behavior but did nothing about it. USA TODAY has reached out to Barno for more details.
"I am on board now".
In an interview with NBC 7 in San Diego, Barno said she was terrified when she realized they were on the same flight: "Just knowing that he knew what I looked like, and that we were in an enclosed plane and that there's no way out, like really, really scared me". He said he was on her flight to Chicago and asked her to sit with him. "I will be very respectful to you always". Come on join me!'
The American employee was elusive with his messages. Barno is unsure when the man could have gotten her number from her bag tag or whether she had met "Ahmad" before the day she started receiving texts, Samo said. "Just looking for one chance to prove my self!"
Frightened, Barno fired back "Leave me alone!" she told NBC San Diego.
"Ok it's up to you, but friendship with me will be very beneficial for you". How do you know who I am?
Barno said she asked the sender to stop communicating with her and alerted a flight attendant. Therefore, managers were informed about the situation.
When the plane landed in Chicago, he was escorted off the plane first, Samo said. Photo: Getty Images.How did this happen?
A California woman is suing American Airlines after she claims an airport employee sent her a plethora of alarming text messages after getting her number off her baggage tag. This has led her to assume that he was sitting near her.
The plaintiff now claims that "Ahmad" harassed at least one other passenger, per the outlet. "Ahmad", meanwhile, remained determined to communicate with her.
Barno states that American has not done enough to address the issue. She says that she has had problems sleeping, eating and socializing since the incident, suffering emotional harm. Now she's suing the company for negligent hiring, supervision, and retention. "How'd you get my info?'" The airline has been accused of failing to address complaints raised regarding a sexual assault incident during a flight.
After investigating the allegations, a spokesperson for American has revealed that the staffer is no longer employed with the airline.