Sexual harassment is a sad reality of our times and the world is waking up to news of some form of harassment each day. From a 4-year-old being sexually abused by PT teacher to a 100-year-old woman being raped, in this predatory world women, children, animals and even men are not safe.
Sexual harassment can take place at any hour, at any given place, and with anyone. Falling victim to a co-passenger’s lewd comments and sexual advances was Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi.
She was recently travelling from Los Angeles to Mazatlan on Alaska Airlines flight, when the passenger in her row, started hurling offensive comments loaded with sexual innuendos at her. When she brought it to the notice of the flight attendant, she was jolted by their casualness and their suggestion to not take it personally, as he’s a frequent flyer who travels on the same route and speaks the same way to all.
Randi was stuck on the 3 hour-long flight and had to put up with that. She wrote an email regarding the same and shared it on her social media handles,
The letter started doing rounds on social media and it spread like wildfire. People were furious and shared the letter.
Imagine all of the women flying who don’t have the same platform to be heard or affirmed.
— Kimberly Kay Hoang (@kimberlykhoang) November 30, 2017
— sarah kunst (@sarahkunst) November 30, 2017
Alaska Airlines got in touch with Randi and said they are investigating the matter.
What you have shared with us is very disturbing. We have launched an investigation and have revoked this passenger's travel privileges pending the outcome of that investigation. We wish to discuss this further with you. Please DM us so we can connect tonight.
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) November 30, 2017
She shared an update too later.
Internet collectively stood by Randi and even lauded for the restraint she showed while not exposing the person’s identify in any way to the public. That’s Randi being the bigger person.
But the way the attendants casually warded off the passenger’s inappropriate behaviour is something really concerning. Why have we, as a society, normalised harassment?
While we’re hoping that Alaska Airlines takes serious action against such cases in future, our bigger hopes are pinned on the fact that no soul should bear harassment in any form by anyone. Too much to ask?