No charges filed in case of suspected human trafficking on board Honolulu-bound flight
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines has updated its blog post that claimed three flight attendants helped to stop a human trafficking case on a flight to Honolulu.
The FBI says no crime actually occurred.
In a lengthy article online, the airline said its attendants saw an older Asian man boarding a flight out of Los Angeles with three young girls and thought something seemed suspicious. They alerted authorities to the situation.
FBI agents responded to investigate and found no evidence of criminal activity.
The FBI says the man was authorized to take the girls on vacation.
But the airline posted the article without following up with authorities. They also distributed the story to members of the media.
An airline spokesperson praised the flight attendants for being alert and observant. And the FBI released a similar statement.
"We do appreciate Hawaiian Airlines employees for speaking out and saying something and bringing it to our attention," said Jason K. White, spokesman for the Honolulu FBI field office. "We encourage people to remember that if something seems strange or doesn't feel right most times something is wrong, however, that was not the case in this incident."
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