Last updated: 11:45 AM ET, Wed October 12 2016

Man Removed from Alaska Airlines Plane for Catcalling Flight Attendant

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | October 12, 2016

Man Removed from Alaska Airlines Plane for Catcalling Flight Attendant

Photo: Alaska Airlines plane during a flight. (Photo Courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

On Monday, a male passenger was reportedly thrown off an Alaska Airlines flight before it took off after the man catcalled a female flight attendant during her safety demonstration.

According to the Daily Mail, the Alaska Airlines flight was preparing to take off from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport when a female flight attendant began demonstrating for the passengers how to use a life jacket.

One of the passengers on the plane—identified as Amber Nelson—witnessed a man yell “Ooh sexy!” at the flight attendant. The female employee then reported the incident to other crew members and the male passenger was asked to disembark from the flight as a result.

Nelson said in a post on Facebook that the female flight attendant who was catcalled stopped her demonstration and reprimanded the man. Following her comments, the attendant spoke to the rest of the crew, and Nelson claims a man from the airline boarded the plane and asked the disruptive passenger to remove his belongings and leave the plane.

“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,” Nelson said on Facebook. “Thank you for taking this seriously.”

While Alaska Airlines’ quick and severe response appeared to be a great moment for sex equality, Nelson’s post on Facebook sparked a debate. While some people claimed the airline was right for kicking the man off the flight, others complained that this was another case of the world worrying too much about being politically correct.

As of Wednesday morning, the post had over 10,000 likes, 2,369 shares and 730 comments.


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