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Man Catcalled Flight Attendant Kicked Off Alaska Air

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Alaska Airlines planes are seen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in September 2006. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 12:54 PM

A man who catcalled a flight attendant during a safety briefing Sunday was kicked off an Alaska Air flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Alaska Air passenger Amber Nelson described the incident in a post on Facebook, which was later confirmed by the carrier, KING-TV reported. Nelson said the flight attendant was demonstrating how to use the flight vest when a man seated behind her made the comment.

"Not all of us were paying very close attention," Nelson said in her Facebook post, which has received about 1,500 comments and been shared more than 4,000 times since Sunday. "But a man in the row behind me changed all that by calling out 'ooh, sexy!' in response to a female flight attendant demonstrating how to use the life vest.

"He was in a middle seat with a woman on either side of him – they were clearly uncomfortable. Just in front of him, the two women in my row and I exchanged uncomfortable glances. Every woman I know has been through this kind of degrading experience. We were trapped on a plane with a guy who clearly disrespected women and saw us as his own personal entertainment," Nelson continued.

Nelson said the flight attendant removed the vest and confronted the male passenger.

"You need to be respectful," Nelson said the flight attendant told the passenger, and he allegedly responded back, "C'mon, I'm just playing with you!"

Nelson said the flight attendant ended the safety instruction and walked to the front of the plane to talk to her colleagues. An airline employee entered and asked the man to gather his belonging and exit the aircraft.

"It was everything we could do to keep from applauding as he was led away," Nelson said on Facebook. "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."

Alaska Airlines confirmed the incident Nelson described on the flight, which was bound for Burbank, California, the Washington Post reported.

"The account on Facebook from our passenger is accurate," the airline said in a statement, the Post reported. "We can confirm that a male passenger was removed from flight 520 on Oct. 9 from Seattle to Burbank prior to departure. We stand behind the actions taken by our employees."


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