There’s no question that, from their earliest days, flight attendants have faced sexual harassment. It’s probably somewhat less common, at least in the U.S., than it used to be — which isn’t to say it’s uncommon.
- Social norms have shifted away from “coffee, tea, or me?”
- Unionization and shrinking airlines through bankruptcies and mergers meant fewer flight attendants hired and gradually increasing average age.
- Air travel itself is, for the most part, no longer ‘sexy’.
- Hooters Air is out of business.
- Southwest no longer dresses their flight attendants in hot pants and there’s no longer Braniff promoting “the air strip.”
Drunk passengers still behave badly, of course, and especially towards flight attendants. Last month an Alaska Airlines passenger demanded hugs from a flight attendant who wouldn’t serve him beer.
Outside the U.S. we see quite a bit. Last year on a flight departing Dublin was kicked off a flight for photographing a flight attendant’s buttocks.
And a couple of months ago a passenger on a domestic Indian flight was arrested for taking cell phone video of flight attendants charged with “assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty.”
Now comes word that back in April, on an Emirates flight from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Dubai, a passenger requested a selfie with a flight attendant as cover for getting his jollies.
On the flight that’s the distance between New York and Los Angeles, a passenger
…requested 25-year-old air hostess for a picture together as a souvenir.
She agreed and stood next to him for the photograph.
“While taking the picture he put his arm around my shoulder, my senior saw this and rebuked him. He then requested for a selfie with me. I stood next to him and shockingly, he hugged and kissed me on the neck. I pushed him away and moved,” testified the victim.
Emirates Operates a Boeing 777 from Dar es Salaam to Dubai
The passenger was arrested on arrival, and will appear in criminal court next month.
Because apparently it does need to be said, look (but keep your glances furtive). Don’t film. Definitely do not touch.
(HT: Paul H.)