She would find out days later that her quiet act had freed two Washington kids from an alleged sexual-servitude scheme, and garnered worldwide attention as the kind of vigilance needed in an increasingly connected world.
Tacoma residents Michael Kellar and Gail Burnworth were arrested after texts by Kellar on a San Jose-bound plane to Burnworth revealed an alleged child-sex exploitation scheme in Washington State, authorities said.
“She said, ‘Hold on,’ and told me I was going to talk with somebody.” In a statement, Southwest Airlines said the flight attendant’s actions were in line with the company’s practices.
“Southwest is working with local authorities as part of the investigation,” the statement reads.
She says she is not interested in the spotlight, and returned to the theme of the alleged victims finally being safe.
But she would be glad for people to follow in her footsteps.
A stream of messages from family and friends bombarded her smartphone when she got reception again.
Someone sent her a Mercury News story on the case, and her parents recorded some TV news segments.
“The flight was ending soon, and a flight attendant was collecting trash.” The flight attendant saw visible anguish on her face, she said, and checked on her.
“She asked if I was OK, and I told her what I saw, very quietly,” the passenger said.
Other texts detail the planned sex acts with the children, including rape, and mention the use of Benadryl to sedate the alleged victims.