Women do not enjoy being catcalled, whether they’re walking down the street or flying 36,000 feet in the air. And thanks to a swift move by Alaska Airlines, one flight attendant did not have to endure being harassed in her workplace.
In a Facebook post that’s been shared more than 3,000 times, plane passenger Amber Nelson wrote that a man sitting behind her catcalled a flight attendant while she was demonstrating how to use a life vest in case of an emergency.
“Ooh, sexy!” the passenger called out, according to Nelson, who added that she immediately felt discouraged and uncomfortable following the man’s outburst. But what happened next surprised her.
The flight attendant told the heckling passenger to be respectful, to which he replied that he was just messing around. She paused the safety demonstration, and spoke with her colleagues. Soon after, an Alaska Airlines employee boarded the plane and remove the passenger from the flight.
A representative from Alaska Airlines confirmed Nelson’s story to The Huffington Post, and added that the flight was traveling from Seattle to Burbank on Oct. 9.
“The account on Facebook from our passenger is accurate,” the representative said in a statement. “We stand behind the actions taken by our employees.”
Nelson thanked the airline for taking the situation seriously. “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 wrote.