A female passenger has shared how she felt “terrified” when an airline staff member sent her a creepy text message. Hannah Smethurst, 23, was flying from Abu Dhabi to her Manchester home for a week-long holiday when the incident happened on June 21.
An unidentified man working with the airline found Hannah Smethurst’s phone number in a database after seeing her passport. The airline claims it has taken disciplinary action against him.
Hannah, a third-year nursing student from Lancashire, panicked when the man messaged her on WhatsApp saying he saw her waiting to board her flight.she told Mirror She was at Abu Dhabi airport when she received a text message on WhatsApp from an unknown number. She revealed that she was not only surprised but scared because she was traveling alone.
Woman sends creepy message
The man texted her saying he had seen her in Abu Dhabi AIRPORT. When Hannah asked how he got the number, he admitted it was from the airport system where he worked. Moreover, he also said that if she felt that he was disturbing her, she could block him.
He added, “FYI, your flight is boarding,” which left Hannah panicking and wondering if he’d be boarding airplane to Manchester. As she waited in line to board the plane, she spoke to ground management to make sure the person wasn’t a crew member.
She explained that she was nervous and thought he might be on the plane. The manager told her it wasn’t anyone on the flight and if she still wanted to make a formal complaint she would be taken off the plane.
Hannah went on to say that they appeared to be in a hurry when the plane boarded. She added that when she arrived in Manchester, she spoke to the crew and they were all in shock. She also contacted Etihad Airways and they got back to her saying that the person who messaged her was the airline staff member who checked her in at the airport. Apparently, he found her phone number through the airline system.
The nursing student said the airline fired him and she was glad they did because she didn’t want him to do that to other girls. She expresses how vulnerable she feels, especially because she’s alone.
Hannah, who had flown to Abu Dhabi to visit a friend, has now returned home safely, but says she is completely disappointed by the incident travel alone. She claims she will never fly with Etihad again.
Hannah, who celebrated her birthday today, came to light when she shared screenshots of the messages on Twitter and spoke about her experience.
In response, Etihad Airways told the Mirror that the team had contacted Hannah Smethurst and conducted a thorough investigation. They added that after discovering the employee’s misconduct, they fired him, mentioning that the safety and privacy of customers is their top priority and apologizing for the incident.
Recently, a woman posted on LinkedIn shared After 10pm she received a message saying “Heya”. Women know that seemingly normal messages are not as innocent as they appear, she added.
The woman spoke about how she and many other women shared similar creepy messages but withheld the identity of the perpetrators, and said it was shocking that men felt so comfortable harassing women.