Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018|7 p.m.
SAN DIEGO– A San Diego guy prohibited from Alaska Airlines for touching a flight attendant states he’s a victim of discrimination versus men.
Mike Timon, angry over his treatment by the airline, called the San Diego Union-Tribune and informed the newspaper in a story published recently that he was prohibited for touching the female flight attendant on the buttocks as he beinged in very first class on a flight from Oregon to San Diego on Dec. 26.
Timon said he touched the woman pleasantly on her back to get her attention so he could order a drink. He said his gesture was misunderstood as unwanted sexual advances, and he was satisfied by authorities who escorted him off the airplane. Cops took declarations from Timon and others however no more action.
“For me to be accused of this, and for me to be accompanied off the aircraft by cops? This is it. I’m exploding,” Timon stated. “It’s unnecessary. It’s discrimination toward me.”
Alaska spokeswoman Ann Johnson confirmed that Timon can not fly on the airline pending the outcome of an investigation but said she might not supply specifics about his case.
“Alaska Airlines will not endure any kind of sexual misconduct that produces an unsafe environment for our guests and crew members and we are completely committed to do our part to resolve this major problem,” Johnson said.
Timon, who owns a medical equipment company and frequently flies first class, stated that when no drink came, he pushed his call button, and a male flight attendant came to say he had been cut off. Timon said he had only had a single drink and was sober.
Timon said extensive issue over sexual harassment has hurt men like him.
“Exactly what about us people?” Timon said. “I cannot tap a flight attendant on her back to pleasantly request for something, yet I get implicated of something? It runs out control and I am pissed.”