A flight attendant recently fell victim to sexual harassment moves from male passengers on board a CebGo flight from Legaspi to Manila DG1694 last November 27, 2018. A fellow passenger by the name of Laissa Marquez reported the incident on her social media page stating that passengers seated on seats 6D, 6A, and 6B were trying to make a pass on the flight attendant who was simply doing her job of taking care of their needs while on board.
Marquez also posted that the three male passengers were murmuring the words "yummy" and "re-rapin", perhaps, pertaining to the flight attendant which even made her more uncomfortable and unsafe as a woman.
Here was the exact story written by Laissa Marquez on her Facebook account:
What is sexual harassment ba?
Sexual harassment' is any form of unwelcome sexual behaviour that's offensive, humiliating or intimidating.
Sa tagal ko na lumilipad thru cebu pac eh now lang ako nakaencounter ng ganitong mga kasakay. It was a 1.5 hrs ordeal at nakita ko ang stages ng sexual harassment.
Flight: DG6194 Legazpi-Manila
When: Nov 27, 2018
Who: 3 guys let’s name them based on their seats 6A, 6B (the 2 accomplice) and 6D pinakaastig sa kanilang tatlo (6C seat is empty)
It was just a propeller plane, just a small plane dalawahan lang sa seat so sa likod lng ang entrance/exit kaya kaming nasa unahan muna pinapasok. It was all well and quiet, I wanted to get some sleep since gabi na flight but kinda scared kasi tapat namin ung propeller sa window.
STEP 1: Papansin moves
Then some moment passed, I heard na may mga noisy na guys na and one is singing ‘I found the love for me’ reapeting that one line all over. It’s okay to sing but ung rinig ng madlang people I thought papansin lang ganun.
And then the unusual conversation happens na. Si 6D na kumakanta pakalakas ng boses kaya khit ayaw ko marinig usapan nila no choice kasi headset ko asa compartment na.
Ng nasa ere na kami at tumayo na stewardess, 6D asked for a noodles. Nagsorry si Flight Attendant (FA) wala daw sila food so nagcocomplain sya bakit wala daw eh sa malalaking plane meron. Umalis si FA then ng napadaan ulet si FA may guys na nagask naman na ‘Miss San Mig Light nga’ dun ko na narealized na mga loko loko kung ilan man at sino sino nasa likod ko.
Ng wala na FA ayun pinagkwekwentuhan na nila ung babae kesyo kakusapin daw nila blah blah blah. Take note di sila nagbubulungan malalakas po boses nila I felt like asa bar or asa locker room ng boys, at shocks bakit deadma lang lahat? Pagdaan ni ate FA nitanong ni 6D ano name nya, ilang edad at saan nagaaral. She told her name, her school then she is 22 if i am not mistaken. Then 6D says ‘anak ko din eh UST’. The FA asked ano name ng anak and course and di ko na matandaan sinagot ni 6D.
Yun ang STEP 2 kunin ang loob. Something in common di ba anak same school ni ate FA so may common sila both di ba?
See sinabi na same lang ng anak nya ng school si FA. So naguguluhan na me may anak pala tapos bakit parang trip niya si ateng FA? I wanna look na sa likod to look at 6D pero so scared kasi boses nila mga lalaki sa pelikula na nagiinuman. I heard iaask na nila magpapicture daw. At tadaaaaa, nagpapicture si 6D ilang beses at I got courage to take a shot naalala ko ung recent Ms Earth scandal. Allowed ba hawakan ang mga flight attendant kahit akbay lang sa picture? I never heard na nag ask sya permission for an akbay. Naaawa na ako kay FA. May angelic face pa siya mukhang mabaet talaga hindi pipiyok eh.
STEP 3: Dig deeper na sa personal life
Pagbalik FA they asked if may boyfriend na ba siya? Ilang years? FA answered ‘yes po. 5 months’. Aba nagreact sila sabay sabay tuwang tuwa sila ‘wala yang 5 months, madali lang yan!’ Pagkaalis FA again locker room boys talk kesyo yun daw ang babae na seseryosohin nya. Dumaan si FA ulet kinukulit nila for her no. I am unsure if nabigay ni FA or not but I hope she did not give her real no. Sana police airport no. binigay nya.
Then donation collection na si FA and I looked at her with big eyes like (Sorry girl wala me magawa, wala ba tayo gagawin?)
STEP 4: Talk Dirty
They did not talk to her directly but naglolocker room talk pa din sila sa plane like. ‘Pare dito na tayo sasakay ha’ kahit paulit ulit balikan dito lang tayo. Then I also heard na word ‘yummy’ I also heard the word hoholdapin at imagine my horror I heard also the word ‘re-rapein’. RAPE SHOULD NEVER USED AS A JOKE. At that moment I wanna cry and stand up and shout to 6D na ‘Shut Upppppp!!’ Oh di ba di ako ang binabastos ako affected pero ako nakakarinig kasi ng usapan (thanked goodness my son was asleep the whole flight). Pinigilan ko lng sarili ko kasi I am unsure if lasing ba sila kasi seriously sa plane?.. magsasalita ng malakas ng ganung mga words pero pinigilan ko sarili ko kasi asa mid air pa kmi baka walang maghelp sakin if awayin din me. Nanlalambot na tuhod ko di na me makavideo or picture. I just wanted them to stop talking.
STEP 5: Magpadulas
I heard pinipilit nila si FA ‘sige na’ kaya lumingon me sa likod aba pagtingin ko may pinapasa sila na cookies I think. Sabi ni FA ‘bawal po samin tumanggap nyan’.
Finally, ng magcollect na ng basura ung guy na attendant na nagikot ( the guy attendant ksi nakaassign sa likod si FA sa harap) the guy on my left I heard na nagcocomplain so I also raised my hand and nagcomplain din I said ‘they are very unruly and binabastos na ang FA so if may services na need ulet mga asa likod si guy na lang magttend pasuyo wag na si ate babae palapitin sa kanila).
Finally they shut up.
Flyhigh Manila joins the call for all our airlines to please impose stricter penalties on passengers caught sexually harassing their flight attendants. Yes we believe that flight attendants do also have to attend to the needs of our passengers but we do also believe that the unruly and unbecoming behavior of some passengers have to be placed under control too.
Uncalled-for behavior from passengers like verbally or physically assaulting flight attendants on duty, sexual harassment, and even taking discreet/stolen shots of their flight attendants without full consent or permission from them have to stop! We hope that all our airlines could convene with CAAP, DOTr, and the PNP to discuss ways on how such unruly behavior from passengers on their flight crew be criminally penalised!
Yes flight attendants and stewards are physically attractive but we have no right to sexually harass them and to disrespect their right to privacy!
We believe that safety and security on board also involves the behavior of other passengers.
The video below of the men talking were recorded by Ms. Marquez.