American Airlines travelers report eerie moans and growls coming from the PA system
Travelers on a series of American Airlines flights were recently subjected to a strange series of sounds blaring over the plane’s public address system, as detailed in a recently viral video.
The video, recorded by Los Angeles-based writer, actor and producer Emerson Collins, has received more than 2 million views so far, which Collins said he was forced to listen to during part of his flight. from Los Angeles International Airport to Dallas for a writers festival.
“Someone on this flight appears to have broken into the intercom system,” Collins says in the video, as loud sounds akin to moans and grunts fill the plane’s cabin.
He noted that the sounds even started as passengers were still boarding the flight.
“At first it might have looked like gastrointestinal distress,” Collins said. “Then like a kind of moan, then a kind of vomit.”
In response to the video, American Airlines released a statement that said in part:
“Our maintenance team carefully inspected the aircraft and sound system and determined that the sounds were caused by a mechanical issue.”
When asked what he thought of the airline’s claim, retired airline pilot Ross Aimer said: “I’m afraid that’s incorrect. … It wasn’t a malfunction from what you and I have heard. I would call it mischief. Someone hacked, because you can hear the breathing.”
During Collins’ flight, the pilot made a point of reassuring the passengers that there was no danger.
“The pilot quickly announced that there was no danger – that all flight systems were working fine,” Collins said. “I lived overseas in high school. I travel a lot. I trust our airline industry’s safety standards. So I wasn’t worried.”
Aimer said that while there were no danger signs on this flight, it’s possible someone could hack the plane’s controls.
“Yeah, it’s possible, if someone can do it,” he said. “Although unlikely.”
In response to a request for comment, an American Airlines spokesperson clarified that their aircraft’s sound systems are hard-wired and cannot be accessed remotely.