Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Randi Zuckerberg: Alaska Airlines Encouraged Pervert To Harass Me

Randi Zuckerberg: Alaska Airlines Encouraged Pervert To Harass Me

Randi Zuckerberg just called out Alaska Airlines in a very public letter that will probably be trending soon on Facebook, the little website that her brother runs.

The letter detailing the events was sent to the airlines by the passenger, Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook executive, spokesperson, and sister of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The passenger next to Zuckerberg on a flight from Los Angeles to Mazatlan, Mexico, "began making explicit, lewd, and highly offensive sexual comments" to her right after boarding the plane, "started talking to me about touching himself", rated the bodies of other women on the plane and made "many more equally horrifying and offensive comments", Zuckerberg said in a letter to the airline posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

She said he "continued to make inappropriate and offensive comments" to her.

When Zuckerberg brought the man's behavior to the flight attendants' attention, she was asked by them to excuse his behavior as he was a frequent flyer on that route.

". and how 'these Millennial women just aren't willing to give some booty to get a job anymore", he allegedly said, according to Zuckerberg.

The comments started nearly immediately after boarding with another woman, she said.

Zuckerberg wrote that she was both angry at the man for his remarks and disappointed in herself for not fighting back more strongly. "I guess his money means more than our safety?"

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Alaska Airlines responded to Zuckerberg within two hours of her tweet, calling the allegations "very disturbing".

It is said staff walked by his seat and giggled with the accused man asking him if he was "behaving today".

"But I am even more furious with Alaska Airlines for knowingly and willingly providing this man with a platform to harass women", she said.

Alaska Airlines did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

"Why should I move?" she said.

"Thank you for taking this seriously", she wrote. 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.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said the airline has "zero tolerance for any type of sexual misconduct that creates an unsafe environment for our guests and crew members, CNN reported".

In the weeks ahead, we will be working with guests, employees, union partners, and other leaders to review and strengthen our approach to preventing, identifying, and addressing these important issues.

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