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Zero tolerance

Man booted from plane after catcalling flight attendant

October 13, 2016

A male passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight was asked to leave the aircraft after he catcalled a female flight attendant, The Washington Post reports.

Amber D. Nelson, another passenger who was on the October 9th flight from Seattle to Burbank, detailed the incident in a Facebook post. As the cabin crew was going through the aircraft’s safety protocol prior to takeoff, a man behind Nelson shouted “Ooh, sexy!” at a female attendant who was demonstrating how use the life vest.

“[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 wrote. “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.”

An airline employee was promptly called to remove the offending passenger from the plane. Alaska Airlines has confirmed Nelson’s account, saying in a statement, “We stand behind the actions taken by our employees.”

In her Facebook post, Nelson said that the man’s behavior made her, and other female passengers, feel “uncomfortable.” But she is also heartened by the airline’s response. “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,” she wrote. “Thank you for taking this seriously.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.



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