Sexual Harassment on Flight Attendants, a Major Concern Our Airlines and Aviation Authorities Have to Address Immediately
Just lately, a CebGo flight attendant was sexually harassed by three passengers on board their flight from Legaspi City to Manila. This post became viral wherein even other flight attendants from different local airline salso shared that they have had their of sexual harassments from passengers while on duty. This act from certain passengers on board the aircraft have become rampant already that we feel it should already be a major concern for our local airlines.
Despite the sexual harassment they face, some flight attendants have become hesitant to take action for fears that someone might take their video, change the whole story, and post it on social media. So instead, they end up not reporting the incident anymore to their airline for the sake of peace.
According to these flight attendants, forms of sexual harassments are usually the following:
Sexual harassment is a major threat to the safety and security of the crew and other passengers on board. Yes this happens everywhere but it is indeed more complicated if commotion would break loose at 40,000ft above sea level in a pressurized cabin.
Just imagine the risk factors.
What if any or all the family members of the flight attendant are on board. What if the father and mother of the CebGo flight attendant were on board too and her father witnessed his own daughter being sexually harassed by passengers she never met before? We are sure his response to those maniacs won't be good. Definitely, all hell will break loose.
Secondly, it makes other passengers especially women feel uncomfortable. Just imagine the feeling that behind you, infront, or beside you is a maniac. We are pretty sure that other women would want to be transfered or even more, they'd want the maniac offloaded sooner.
Third, we can never tell if the flight attendant is the type doesn't care if she gets fired from her job for defending herself against a passenger sexually harassing her. Definitely, she will fight it out. Definitely, no tables will be left unturned. She may even draw in support from other passengers who might join in.
Flight attendants are indeed attractive and their are other ways of showing appreciation.
First, you may just be a nice passenger who follows their instructions especially all safety procedures.
Second, you greet them upon boarding the aircraft, you always say thank you when you receive your snacks or food, and you always say please when you need anything.
Third, compliment them for their good service. They will highly appreciate that.
Fourth, respect them as the authority on board, as your cabin crew, and as individuals particularly the women.
Last but not least, if you want to have a picture with your FA crush, you may simply ask them permission if you could have a photo with them and please do it when they are not so busy. Asking them permission and informing them that you are posting the photo on social media is a complete sign of respect for your FA and she will appreciate you for that.
We hope airlines together with aviation authorities would give grave importance to this issue of passengers sexually harassing flight attendants. It is indeed becoming worse as 4 out of 10 flight attendants have experienced one way or another being sexually harassed by maniac passengers. The aircraft should be a very safe environment for all, both passengers and crew. Having such passengers board an aircraft is simply like allowing criminals to get inside a bank. The risk of security and safety is high.
We also hope that stricter laws will be passed against perpetrators of such acts that may put at risk the safety and security of everyone on board.
Flight attendants attendants are human beings. They deserve respect and to be treated with dignity. Yes they serve us on board but it never never gives us any right to sexually harass them. They are working to feed their families, to send kids to school, and to pay for their own expenses particularly our needs in life. Your flight attendant is someone else's daughter, son, mother, father, grand daughter, niece, sister, brother, wife and husband.
We hope this issue would be addressed soon! No one deserves to go through this ordeal.