Flight attendant accused of smuggling live rats in her knickers
THE allegation is that American Airlines stewardess Louann Giambattista, 55, smuggled rats inside her underwear. Three of her colleagues say Giambattista hid the rodents in her tights and knickers.
She says that’s “absurd” and “false”. But one of her accusers says he saw a bulge in her crotch that “he thought was a live pet”.
Papers at the Brooklyn federal court also claim that on a flight from St. Martin to Miami, a flight attendant “believed [Giambattista] fed her pet rats”.
Giambattista’s lawyer says it’s all “preposterous“:
“Everybody has pets – she has her pets at home, not at work. She’s not a nut. They’re making her out to be a nut.”
If she were a nut, might not the rodents eat her?
Giambattista said no rats were found. She says the frequent stops and searches every time she passes through customs are “making it nearly impossible for [her] to report to work”.
She says the matter has left her with post-traumatic stress disorder and “debilitating anxiety“. So. She is seeking unspecified damages.
Meanwhile, three questions to ponder:
* Does sitting with rats in a flight attendant’s underwear represent a seat upgrade for Ryan Air customers?
* Is flying by the seat of someone else’s pants a tribute to the spirit of aviation’s pioneers?
* And will Richard Gere now star in Rodents On A Plane?