People on social media are weighing in on an incident that took place on Alaska Airlines the day after Christmas. Mike Timon, 53, told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday that he has been banned from ever flying on the airline again after he allegedly touched the attendant’s buttocks while he was in first class on a flight from Portland, Ore. to San Diego.
Timon told the paper that he wanted another drink and “politely” touched the woman on her back to get her attention. He said he was immediately accused of touching her inappropriately and was escorted off the plane by police as soon as it landed.
“For me to be accused of this, and for me to be escorted off the plane by police? This is it. I’m blowing up. It’s unnecessary. It’s discrimination toward me,” he told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Timon said he was “100 percent sober” at the time of the incident, after having had just one drink.
Alaska Airlines took a hard line against Timon in a statement, saying in a statement, “Alaska Airlines will not tolerate any type of sexual misconduct that creates an unsafe environment for our guests and crew members and we are fully committed to do our part to address this serious issue.”
The airline said it was conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident.
San Diego Harbor police said that it received statements from Timon and others. No arrests were made, but people on social media are either outraged by the airline’s action or in praise of the way they handled the situation.
So I guess in today’s society if you are accused you are automatically guilty. Very disappointed in Alaskan… https://t.co/MZNZLLDNlt
— Chris Wise (@GHContractor) January 3, 2018