A 39-year old first officer at Alaska Airlines filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that she was drugged and raped at a hotel in Minneapolis during a layover by the Captain on her assigned flight from Seattle. The former Army helicopter pilot says that Alaska’s response to the incident was unsupportive and even retaliatory.
Apparently, the two were having wine in the hotel’s concierge lounge when the female pilot “began to feel woozy after finishing a second glass of white wine brought to her by the Captain. Usually, it takes at least three to four glasses before feeling tipsy, she wrote in court papers.”
“From there, I don’t remember leaving the concierge room, the elevator ride or walking down the hallway to my room,” the female pilot said in an interview with the Seattle Times. “When I woke up, everything was hazy. I remember seeing a figure, somebody pulling at my right ankle, and rolling over and trying to say ‘No.’ And then, I was out again.”
After bringing the incident to the attention of HR, the pilot was removed from flight duty for several weeks before being allowed to return to work. The captain is still employed and flying for Alaska.