Silicon Valley executive Randi Zuckerberg described a recent Alaska Air flight during which a male passenger constantly made sexually explicit comments to her. The airline has suspended the man’s travel privileges while it investigates.
Alaska Airlines scrambled Thursday to investigate a complaint of sexual harassment on one of its flights that went viral on social media.
Randi Zuckerberg, a Silicon Valley executive, described Wednesday how, on an Alaska flight that day, a male passenger constantly made sexually explicit and lewd comments to her and others in the first-class section while being served multiple alcoholic drinks — and that flight attendants had dismissed her complaints.
Zuckerberg, who is the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and a former executive at that company, wrote a letter detailing her experience to Alaska’s top management and posted it on Facebook.
“Feeling furious, disgusted and degraded after an Alaska Airlines flight during which the passenger next to me made repeated lewd, inappropriate, and offensive sexual remarks to me,” Zuckerberg posted.
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Two Alaska executives called Zuckerberg on Wednesday night to express their concern, prompting her to update her post with a comment that she is “thankful that they are taking the situation seriously.”
The airline also suspended the male passenger’s travel privileges while it investigates further. But during the flight from Los Angeles to Mazatlán, Mexico, Zuckerberg found little support even though she and her female colleague both reported the man’s behavior to the flight attendants.
According to the account she posted on Facebook, before the plane even departed the gate, the man started talking to her about touching himself, asked her if she fantasized about her traveling companion and then provided vulgar commentary about the women who walked by him as they boarded.
She said the crew responded to her complaints by saying that the man was a frequent flyer and brushed off his behavior as “oh, he just doesn’t have a filter.”
During the three-hour flight, the man was given multiple alcoholic drinks, she said, and continued to harass her the entire time. His comment on all the sexual-harassment news in the media was that “these millennial women” just aren’t willing any longer to trade sex for a job.
At one point, Zuckerberg said, a flight attendant…