USA | Mar 8, 2023

American Airlines warns cabin crews about using dating apps in Jamaica

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Warning comes after two crew members were violently assaulted

American Airlines (AA) have issued a warning to its flight attendants about using dating apps in Jamaica.

The warning comes after a spate of violent crimes targeting foreigners in the country, which prompted a special security alert from the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica. Two recent victims of ‘violent’ crimes in Jamaica were AA flight attendants, who were on layovers on the island.

The Dallas Fort Worth-based airline did not immediately provide an update on the condition of its two employees. However, it is being reported online that the security alert comes just months after an 18-year-old man had his penis partially severed and was set on fire after he went to an area in Montego Bay to meet a man he had been talking to on a gay dating app.

In another recent incident, a 25-year-old female victim was allegedly raped by a man she met on a dating app in the Norwood community.

APFA also warning its members

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), which represents crew members at AA, has also issued a similar warning to its members, urging them to keep details of hotels used for layovers a closely guarded secret. “Inviting strangers into your private and safe space within your hotel rooms may open the door for you to be placed in an unsafe and possibly life-threatening situation,” APFA said in a recent memo.

An American Airlines Boeing 777 plane takes off from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France near Paris, France. (Photo: REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier)

According to the association, “the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica has been informed of several crimes against United States citizens targeted through dating apps. These apps are being used to lure foreign visitors into meeting in public spaces such as hotels, restaurants, and bars, and then later assaulting, threatening, and/or robbing the victims. Local officials often do not make arrests or prosecute assailants in these cases.”

Late last year, the Jamaican government imposed a state of emergency in a bid to clamp down on a wave of violent crime that had hit tourist hotspots like Montego Bay but the U.S. Embassy warns that police rarely arrest assailants or prosecute dating app crimes perpetrated against the LGBTQI+ community.

Popular gay dating app, Grindr recently issued its own alert to users in Jamaica about an increase in violent crime, while the Equality for All Foundation Jamaica has also urged extra vigilance amongst the gay community.


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