Alaska Airlines pilot slammed for SHAMING masked passengers during in-flight anti-mask party

Jonathan Evans said on Twitter that he and his family were 'shamed' by the pilot for wearing masks on an Orlando-Seattle Alaska Airlines flight


                            Alaska Airlines pilot slammed for SHAMING masked passengers during in-flight anti-mask party
Alaska Airlines has apologized to Evans and launched an investigation over the incident (Representational image/Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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A person named Jonathan Evans, who uses the username @jhewiz on Twitter, has shared his and his family’s unpleasant experience on an Alaska Airlines flight. He also slammed its pilot for creating “an anti-mask party from the start.” Taking to the social media platform, Evans wrote, “I had never been shamed for wearing a mask until my @AlaskaAir Orlando-Seattle flight today. The pilot created an anti-mask party from the start, which encouraged the non-mask wearers to chide the mask-wearers. The most uncomfortable experience for me and my family. Really sucked.”

He continued, “This was a bad experience for my family, and I feel it is important to tell the story. At the same time, reporters have started calling, and I’m reluctant to go down that route. If I delete the tweet, just FYI I do appreciate others sharing my feeling that this had to be told.”

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Evans’ tweets attracted a lot of attention with several people calling out the airlines, while some shared their own terrible flying experiences with it. A user asked, “Hey @AlaskaAir so if my friend with cancer was on that flight and she caught covid and died as a result of this willful gross negligence, should the lawsuit be directed to you, the cabin crew, or all of the above?” Another user tweeted, “So an @AlaskaAir pilot and crew were complicit and supportive in harassment against a guest? This sounds like a real big problem. I'd rather have an expanded pilot shortage than deal with that s**t.”

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A tweet read, “Adding @AlaskaAir to the list of airlines I won't be flying anytime soon. Actions like that demonstrate contempt for the needs of the immunocompromised and those with children under five.” A person, who reportedly was on the same flight with Evans, shared, “I was on that flight. As we were taking off and for the whole 6 hour flight the pilot was walking up and down the aisle ridiculing each passenger that was wearing a mask. He then asked a kid join him on the flight deck to help land the plane as a reward for not wearing a mask.” “Shocking! As an ex flight attendant for another airline - this sort of behaviour from another staff moment would never be tolerated. Plus- he should be in the flight-deck, not parading down the aisle and insulting some passengers,” a tweet noted.

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However, after much ridicule, Alaska Airlines tweeted out in response to Evans’ complaint that read, “We are sorry for the experience you had on board our flight yesterday. We have started an investigation to look into this situation. Could we please have you DM us your contact information? -Michael.” Evans also confirmed it by writing, “Just so everyone knows, @AlaskaAir has reached out and said they'll be investigating, but won't be able to tell me the results. Which is fair enough, but I told them I was taken aback by how all the staff went with it and didn't try to help those of us wearing masks.”

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But the airlines’ apology did not work in its favor as a user mocked it tweeting, “@AlaskaAir wow…just wow, why would a pilot do that? Should be flying the plane ✈️ instead of harassing paying customers for choosing to protect themselves by wearing a mask.” Another apparent passenger of the same flight wrote, “I saw the whole thing. The pilot actually came back into the cabin to harass the families wearing masks. This went all the way through landing. The pilot let some 14 year old kid (computer flight simulator trained) land the plane so he could continue harassing mask wearers.” “This the kind of pilot you employ, @AlaskaAir ? Mocking the Inuit you have on your own damn logo and announcing the end of the mask mandate BEFORE a flight but after all the passengers are trapped on board? Thought your folks were better than this,” a person questioned.

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