If you thought sexual harassment wasn’t a serious and punishable offense, make note of this: it can cost you a plane ride. The Washington Post reports a male passenger was escorted from an Alaska Airlines aircraft last weekend because he catcalled a female flight attendant.
A passenger on the flight, Amber D. Nelson, detailed what happened on Facebook, explaining when the flight attendant demonstrated to passengers how to use the life vest, a man who was seated behind Nelson shouted out, “Ooh, sexy!” “[T]he flight attendant removed her vest, purposely walked up to him and said, “You need to be respectful,” and started to walk back to her task,” Nelson shared with her Facebook friends. “He said, ‘C’mon, I’m just playing with you!’ As she walked to the front of the plane, the safety instruction was abandoned and she convened a conversation with her colleagues.”
After the flight attendant spoke with her colleagues, another airline employee removed the cat-caller from the plane. “Tense moments passed and we saw an affable-looking man board the plane and walk our way. The offensive man behind me started saying ‘I didn’t do anything wrong! I didn’t do anything wrong,'”Nelson wrote.
Alaska Airlines released a statement about the incident, saying they stand behind the actions of their employees.
“We can confirm that a male passenger was removed from flight 520 on Oct 9 from Seattle to Burbank prior to departure.We stand behind the actions taken by our employees.”
Although people may think how the airlines took drastic measures to resolve this issue, Nelson did share that the booted passenger made her and other female passengers feel “uncomfortable.”
“I felt honored as a patron of the airline — and as a woman — because Alaska Airlines supported their staff and those of us on board who were demeaned by another passenger’s juvenile and exceedingly disrespectful behavior. Thank you for taking this seriously,” Nelson concluded.