December 15, 2017

Delta Passenger Was Watching Porn and the Crew Did Nothing

If you’ve been with us since 2012, you’ll remember a troubling incident on a Delta flight that incited the National Center and our supporters across the country to take action. 

Our Executive Director Dawn Hawkins witnessed a man viewing graphic pornography of what appeared to be very young girls. She confronted him, but at the time, the crew did nothing to address the issue. Interestingly, she was traveling to give a talk on the connection between pornography and sex trafficking! 

Dawn initiated an activism campaign and the National Center (then Morality in Media) got Delta, as well as all other major commercial airlines except for American Airlines, to reinforce their policy regarding no pornography on planes.  

However, business owner and reporter Angela Zatopek had an almost identical experience on a Delta flight just a few nights ago. She confronted the man, and brought the issue to the attention of the flight crew. They told her nothing could be done and to file a complaint later online. 

We have sent a letter to Delta asking what their current policy is on this issue and how they are training their crewmembers to deal with it. No one should be subjected to such exploitive imagery on a commercial flight, and the airlines have the capacity to adopt and enforce a better, clearer policy.

TWEET: Hey @Delta please train crews to stop passengers watching porn on flights! It creates a hostile public place #PornFreePlanes

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Patrick A. Trueman

CEO and President

Patrick Trueman serves as president and chief executive officer at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.  He spearheads efforts to address the intersectionality between all forms of sexual exploitation, including the public health crisis of pornography, the demand for commercial sexual exploitation, the abuse of children, and more. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman, a lawyer for more than 40 years, established the organization’s Law Center, to influence the law and our courts to ensure the values of human dignity are represented.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity, managing an office of prosecutors and working with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled throughout the world to speak about human trafficking and the harms of sexual exploitation.

Mr. Trueman lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children.

 

 

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