Alaska Airlines investigates sexual harassment claim made by ex-Facebook executive

Alaska Airlines investigates sexual harassment claim made by ex-Facebook executive

Alaska Airlines investigates sexual harassment claim made by ex-Facebook executive

"Why should I move?" she said.

In the letter written to the executives of the Seattle-based airline, Zuckerberg explained how a male passenger sitting next to her kept hurling lewd sexual remarks at her and the airline employees didn't care to interfere.

The airline said it contacted Zuckerberg about the "disturbing" claims and revoked the man's travel privileges pending the outcome of the investigation.

She said a flight attendant offered to move her to another seat in the back of the plane, but she declined.

Randi Zuckerberg is a former executive of Facebook, the company founded by her brother Mark Zuckerberg.

At one point, she claims the man made a reference on the ongoing sexual harassment scandals in the media, commenting: 'These Millennial women just aren't willing to give some booty to get a job anymore'.

When she alerted the flight attendants, they allegedly said the man was a frequent traveler on the route and they have had to talk to him about his behavior in the past.

She added: "Why is it the woman that needs to switch seats in this situation?"

"What's infuriating is that as women (ex: the flight attendants) we're programmed to grin & bear it, giggle it off & make excuses for men who don't know how to behave", Venture Capitalist Elizabeth Galbut tweeted in response. She said the airline has launched a "thorough investigation", though she did not say whether the person had been temporarily barred from flights as Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

Ms Zuckerberg updated her Facebook post after she talked to the Alaska Airlines executives. "As a company, we have zero tolerance for any type of sexual misconduct that creates an unsafe environment for our guests and crew members", the airline reportedly said.

Cases of sexual harassment, assaults and misconduct on planes are not collected in a centralised database, making it hard to determine how frequently they occur.

The actual number of assaults was likely far greater, as the majority go unreported.

However, the cases are getting more frequent and the latest victim of the ignorance by the staff of an International Airlines is Randi Zuckerberg. He said it appeared the airline failed to protect her from the unruly passenger.

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