There’s a story in the news today that’s causing a stir. Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Mark, founder of Facebook reported that she was sexually harassed by her seatmate on a recent Alaska Airlines flight.
Thanks to Paul S for sending this my way. To be clear, I have no proof that her claims are true or false. Honestly, though, I can’t think why any woman would make up a story like this. This Tweet covers a good deal of what she said she experienced:
Feeling disgusted & degraded after an @AlaskaAir flight where the passenger next to me made repeated lewd sexual remarks. The flight attendants told me he was a frequent flier, brushed off his behavior & kept giving him drinks. I guess his $ means more than our safety? My letter: pic.twitter.com/xOkDpb0dYU
— Randi Zuckerberg (@randizuckerberg) November 30, 2017
What Would You Do?
I’m not minimizing the behavior of her seat mate in any way, shape or form. It sounds like he was a real pig. The question is what should the airline have done? That might seem like an easy question, but I’m really interested in hearing your opinion. I’ll offer a few of mine:
Stop Serving Him Drinks
Here’s the softball. If a passenger complained about his behavior, I would absolutely stop serving him drinks. You could argue he might get belligerent. I think I might fade that risk.
Move The Male Passenger
That’s a tough one. If the flight attendants witnessed it, I could see moving him. If they didn’t witness it, it’s a pretty tough call. Downgrading a passenger from first class to coach is a dicey subject, especially in midair. Add in alcohol and you could be asking for trouble.
They Refuse To Move
Let’s say you said “yes” to the above suggestion of moving the male passenger. Once you go down that road and they say no, do you ignore it? Or, do you divert if they refuse to follow your actions? See how sticky this gets?
Move The Female Passnger
Um, no. I appreciate that the crew made the offer. They kind of had to. But, it’s up to her if she wants to move. In her shoes, I’m not sure what I would do. But, I certainly wouldn’t want the crew to force her to move unless I thought there was a risk of something physical happening.
Call The Cops
Would you have the cops meet this passenger and have them question him after taking a statement from the female passenger? You’re dealing with a foreign government, so that could escalate the situation in a way that may not end favorably. Should that matter?
Report The Passenger To Management
Well, yes. This sounds like it should have happened well before the current situation.
Have The Pilot Enjoy A Friendly Chat
Agree or disagree with me, this is absolutely my choice. And, I’m hoping the pilot is big and imposing. And, makes him feel as uncomfortable as the lady sitting beside him.
The Final Two Pennies
It’s easy to call out the described behavior as abhorrent. But, how do you actually deal with it in the air?
I really hope folks will weigh in here.
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