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Zuckerberg Sister’s Harassment Spotlights ‘Epidemic’ on Airlines

  • Union leader says stronger action is needed ‘to take this on’
  • Majority of flight attendants not aware of any formal policies
An Alaska Airlines Inc. plane sits on the tarmac at Deadhorse Airport (SCC) in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

An Alaska Airlines Inc. plane sits on the tarmac at Deadhorse Airport (SCC) in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg, isn’t the first to complain about sexual misconduct on jetliners -- a problem a prominent flight attendants’ union called a “silent epidemic” that airlines have failed to solve.

Randi Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Zuckerberg Media, said this week that a male passenger on an Alaska Air Group Inc. flight made repeated harassing comments to her and airline employees did nothing about it. In a letter to the carrier posted on social media, she said the crew members continued to serve the abusive customer alcoholic drinks and told her not to “take it personally.”