SEATTLE: Alaska Airlines said on Thursday that it was investigating a claim that flight attendants allowed a passenger to sexually harass a former Facebook executive on a flight. Randi Zuckerberg, who is also Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg‘s sister, took to social media on Wednesday to detail her recent flight between Los Angeles and Mazatlan, Mexico.
In a letter to executives of the Seattle-based airline, she said she was extremely uncomfortable with a man sitting near her, explaining he constantly made sexually explicit and lewd comments to her and others in the firstclass section while being served multiple alcoholic drinks.
Zuckerberg said the man talked about touching himself, asked if she fantasized about the colleague she was travelling with, and commented on the bodies of female passengers as they boarded the plane.
Zuckerberg said she reported the man to flight attendants, who seemed to make light of the situation while replying the man was a regular flyer on the route. She said she was upset when they told her not to take it personally and offered to move her to a seat at the back of the plane.
“Which I almost did until I realised … why should I have to move? I’m the one that is being harassed!” she wrote. The airline said it contacted Zuckerberg about the “disturbing” claims and revoked the man’s travel privileges pending the outcome of the investigation.