Randi Zuckerberg has alleged that a man seated next to her on a flight sexually harassed her repeatedly. But when she told a flight attendant, her complaint was brushed off.
Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media and sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, tweeted a letter she sent to Alaska Airlines’ CEO Brad Tilden, relating the incident.
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
Zuckerberg said she was seated in first class on a three-hour Alaska Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Mazatlan on Wednesday. The man seated next to her started talking “about touching himself, kept asking me if I fantasised about the female business colleague I was travelling with, rated and commented on the women’s bodies boarding the aircraft.”
After she complained, however, flight attendants told her the man is a frequent flier, and that she shouldn’t “take it personally.”
She was offered a change of seat too, but decided later she shouldn’t be the one having to move.
“I’m even more furious with Alaska Airlines for knowingly and willingly providing this man with a platform to harass women…[and] being more concerned with taking his money than for the safety and security of the other passengers around him,” she wrote.
About an hour and a half after she tweeted her letter, which got nearly a thousand shares in the time, Zuckerberg posted an update saying Alaska Airlines has temporarily suspended the passenger’s frequent traveller status, and are conducting an investigation.
Most people reacted in disgust, with many applauding Zuckerberg for coming forward so publicly.
Thank you for saving his future victims. Well done. 🙂
— Colleen (@Mantrabus) November 30, 2017
This is why Twitter rocks
— Jennifer P. Burnett (@JenniferPBurne2) November 30, 2017
Thank you so much for making this public, I know it wasn’t easy. I support you 💯.
— Undercoverwonder (@cestlah) November 30, 2017
I’m lost for words. Absolutely sickening to my stomach that the crew knows about it and pretends that it’s some kind of joke.
— John Munch (@metalmilitia226) November 30, 2017
But some cynical commenters said it could be Zuckerberg’s influential status that got Alaska Airlines to react so swiftly.
It’s a good thing you’re a millionaire or nothing would have been done. Lucky you.
— GOParePedoApologists (@DeepStateAgent2) November 30, 2017
I’m glad but that’s only because of your name and status. I was in a situation and we barely got a response to our email.
— . (@Newsjunkie1111) November 30, 2017