Ray Howland: American Airlines Manager Mentioned In 9/11 Commission Report Arrested For Attempted Rape Of A Child

Ray Howland, American Airlines‘ Senior Manager, was arrested in Pittsburgh on June 26. He was picked up and charged with trying to have sex with a mother and her 10-year-old daughter. He had taken out an online classified ad describing what his intentions were. He also explained in great detail the sexual acts he hoped to perform on the mother and the daughter. Howland did not care how young the daughter was.

“I’ve had a fantasy of being with a mom and daughter for a long time. I’m not really too concerned with ages as long as everyone is comfortable and in agreement. So young is fine with me.”

Instead of a mother and a 10-year-old girl, Ray Howland showed up at a Pittsburgh Hotel and was met by officers of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit. According to the report by WPXI, the child predator division did a real good job convincing Howland that he had nothing to worry about. In fact, Howland at one point mentioned getting busted.

“I work for an airline as an operational manager, so no law enforcement ties with me. I don’t want to go to jail either and I don’t get the feeling that you are setting me up either.”

American Airlines has issued a statement through Ross Feinstein the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications.

“American Airlines holds its employees to the highest level of ethical standards. Employees who violate these standards are subject to disciplinary action, which may include immediate termination. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement and do not intend to comment on this case publicly out of respect for all involved.”

Ray Howland is 55-years old and a resident of Arlington, Texas. According to the Dallas Morning News, Howland was one of the first people to receive calls of the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001. His name is mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report along with transcripts of the conversation he had with Logan International Airport employees telling them to keep quiet about the hijacking.

“We don’t want this getting out. We’re aware of the situation. We’re dealing with it right now. So let us deal with it.”

Not long after this conversation American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Ray Holland is being held on $150,000 bail. He is facing charges of criminal attempt to commit rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, criminal attempt to commit indecent assault and criminal use of a communication facility.

[Photo by WPXI]