Drama in the Skies
While I was at work this weekend, a co-worker and good friend of mine got slapped on the a$$ by a passenger.
She and I were working the beverage cart together when we came to the passenger. She asked him if he wanted something to drink but he declined. As she walked away, he must have changed his mind because he reached out and slapped her butt to get her attention. She turned to me and said, “OMG. I just got slapped on the a$$!” We both stared at him in shock, speechless.
Across the plane in the other aisle was the only male flight attendant on the crew. When he saw the commotion, he immediately came over and confronted the man. Of course, the passenger denied it calling it “complete bullsh*t” and got very defensive and confrontational. He was then advised that he just assaulted a crew member and could be arrested if she decided to press charges.
During the rest of the flight, he never moved. In fact, he never even looked up from his dvd player. Whenever a crew member asked him if he wanted a meal or drink, he just ignored them. She decided to just let it go.
At the end of the flight, my friend and I were the last two to walk off the plane. When we got into the terminal, there he was with his wife and daughter just waiting for us. He was talking to his wife and she kept sneering at us and shaking her head. Apparently, he was telling her his side of the story. Since it was almost midnight, the terminal was pretty empty so I immediately started looking around for security. Of course, I couldn’t find any.
Thankfully, our male co-worker came back to check on us and as he approached the family, they started to walk away. As they went their separate way, the wife yelled to us that she plans to call customer service and sue us for discrimination.
Um, okay. You do that.
What in the world makes some people think they can treat you like you’re nothing? It obviously wasn’t an accident otherwise he would have apologized in the first place, right? If it were me, I would have informed the captain while we were still in the air and request that security meet the plane. I mean, you just never know if the situation will escalate. However, it wasn’t my call and I think she just didn’t want to make waves.
In the end, she did call our inflight office who told her they would find out who he was and go after him. He can’t treat people with disrespect and get away with it. As far as the company is concerned, he interfered with a crew member’s duties, assaulted a crew member, and displayed threatening behavior.
I hope they can find him.
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Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.