American "Hotline" Could be Just That

April 30, 2003 ( - American Airlines employees looking for words of comfort and encouragement from their new CEO might get more than they bargained for.

Previously, workers at the nation’s largest airline could simply call 1-800-AA-CARTY to hear a recorded message from now ex-CEO Don Carty. But now that Gerard Arpey has taken over the helm, that logic could have some unexpected consequences.

Seems that 1-800-AA-ARPEY currently leads callers to a sex hotline.

“We obviously will not use that number,” said American spokeswoman Tara Baten, according to a Reuters report.

Other airlines have similar CEO hotlines, according to the report. Baten said American is still reviewing whether it will continue to have a hotline at all.