American Airlines Won't Filter Pornography on Flights

Feb 15, 2012

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Is your child safe from unwanted pornography while on an airline? The answer is clearly "No."

Of note, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants(APFA) has made requests to have pornography filtering solutions installed on in-flight Wi-Fi services offered on American Airlines (AA) flights, for example, and AA has ignored such requests.

"[APFA] members are…concerned about it. There are certainly enough pressures in the airplane already." said APFA rep Frank Bastion.The argument from AA spokesman Tim Smith is that the majority of passengers use good judgment on what they view while on board.

I'm not convinced. And this isn't the first time I've heard of unwanted exposure to pornography by a child on a flight.

Besides, Wi-Fi isn't the only way pornography is viewed. Many addicts view images, DVDs, or videos on their laptop computers.

Last November 28, a professor from the University of Utah named Grant Smith was arrested for viewing child pornography on his laptop while on a flight to Boston. (Source: CBS.) A passenger seated behind Mr. Smith took a photo of him allegedly watching child pornography. When the flight arrived, Boston police detained, searched, and arrested Mr. Smith.

Girls Against Porn has gone on the offensive to get AA to act. The group stated that AA is opening the door for lawsuits with current policy when children are exposed to obscene material while onboard.

One such negative law suit has already occurred. Girls Against Porn revealed that AA has been sued bya passenger who alleges awaking on a flight to see a nearby passenger self-stimulating.

It's a sad commentary when you have to be on guard while on an airline to keep your child--and yourself--free from unwanted and inappropriate experiences. The airlines would do well to do their part to alleviate exposure on in-flight Wi-Fi.

Concerned parents can contact American Airlines at to recommend they enable Internet filters on in-flight Wi-Fi services.


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