TODAY   |  August 21, 2013

American Airlines employee was on ‘no-fly’ list

American Airlines has fired a trainee who was confirmed to be on TSA’s “no-fly list” after he was accused of calling in bomb threats to other airlines. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>> to be an american airlines flight attendant is out of a job and in trouble with the law. this after his name was discovered on the no fly list.

>>> american will review it's hiring policies after finding this new employee was on the tsa no fly list after being arrested for phoning in bomb threats to a competing carrier. he was in training to become an american flight attendant when he was arrested in may accused of phoning in 8 fake threats to united airlines . he phone in from his home in california as well as seattle and las vegas . this calls forced them to evacuate planes and have them towed in for a close inspection. they were headed to london, new york, las vegas , los angeles . united lost a quarter million dollars because of the threats and now according to a plea deal that our affiliate in dallas obtained he'll have to pay $250,000 and could spend up to 2 years in prison. american accepted him unaware of his background. he was placed on the tsa no fly list after he had already begun training for american. he no longer works for american.