LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says she was harassed on an Alaska Airlines flight from LA to Mazatlan, and when she complained, flight attendants offered to move her, rather than the harasser.

In a Facebook post, Randi Zuckerberg says a man sitting next to her in first class repeatedly made “explicit, lewd, and highly offensive sexual comments to me.”

“He started talking to me about touching himself, kept asking me if I fantasized about the female business colleague I was traveling with, rated and commented on the women’s bodies boarding the aircraft as they walked by us, and many more equally horrifying and offensive comments,” Zuckerberg wrote in the letter she sent to Alaska Airlines executives.

When she complained, she said flight attendants said the passenger was a frequent flyer with the airline and that while they’ve had to talk to him about his behavior in the past, that Zuckerberg shouldn’t take it personally because he “just doesn’t have a filter.”

When Zuckerberg said she was extremely uncomfortable, the flight attendants suggested she move to a middle seat at the very back of the plane.

“Which I almost did until I realized…why should I have to move? I am the one that is being harassed! By a traveler who has a KNOWN history by these very flight attendants of being inappropriate and offensive in the past,” Zuckerberg said in her letter.

She said all of this transpired before the plane took off, and questioned why the passenger was not thrown off the plane. She further wrote that during the flight, she watched the passenger drink several alcoholic beverages and continue to make inappropriate and offensive comments.

“Ironically one of those comments about all the recent sexual harassment cases in the media and how ‘these Millennial women just aren’t willing to give some booty to get a job anymore.’”

Zuckerberg says Alaska Airlines executives have since called her to say that they are conducting an investigation and have temporarily suspended this passenger’s travel privileges.

“While it should never have happened in the first place, I am thankful that they are taking the situation seriously,” she wrote in her update.

Comments (10)
  1. Tommy Lewis says:

    Randi’s 2 minutes of fame. The speech may have been offensive but its free speech. Pathetic.

    1. Jim Thomas says:

      Sorry, Mr. Enabler, but there’s absolutely no right to free speech on an aircraft. I’ve flown no less than weekly for 40 years, and from personal observation I can assure you that disruptive or offensive behavior can result in passengers being restrained during the flight, and/or being arrested on landing. Unruly passengers can be fined up to $25,000 per incident — that happened 99 times last year in the US alone. If the behavior is bad enough, the plane will make an unscheduled stop to have the person removed and arrested, in which case they’ll be responsible for all extra expenses for the landing. Harassing other passengers is pathetic — not complaining about it.

  2. Piper Rose says:

    Traveling with my grandchildren, I too was asked to move, (and leave my grandchildren alone) to get away from an offensive individual sitting behind me. It seems that they don’t want to deal with the offenders.

  3. Isn’t it just like a Tech Billionaire to make his sister fly budget airlines when he is among the richest 10 people in history?

  4. With her looks she should be happy someone took an interest in her. Seems women now see harassment in anything a guy says that they don’t like.

  5. He’s either an ahole or he writes for The Onion and was fleshing out his next satirical article.

  6. John Lender says:

    What I find funny is; if you file a report about someones Facebook posting that is highly offensive, sexist, and down right disgusting. Facebook merely states “Sorry it offends you, don’t look it’ s their freedom of speech” In this case I would say to her “Sorry he offends you, leave!” He has a right to freedom of speech. Now as I don’t agree with what I just posted. And I would have agreed with her just punching him in the mouth, Such is life. Facebook is a main source in pushing freedom of speech but only when it does not apply to them.

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