Southwest Airlines Pilot Charged ‘After Exposing His Genitals While Guiding Flight from Philadelphia to Orlando’
- Michael Haak charged in federal court with a lewd, indecent, or obscene act
- Haak was in command of Southwest Airlines’ flight from Philadelphia to Orlando on Aug. 10, when he reportedly exposed his genitals
- The airline’s spokesperson said Haak retired last year before the company was aware of the incident
A former Southwest Airlines pilot has been charged by Maryland federal court with indecent exposure for committing an “ immoral act ” with his genitals during a flight last year.
Michael Haak was the pilot in command on a flight from Philadelphia to Orlando, Florida, according to a one-page filing with federal district court in Maryland.
According to the document obtained by DailyMail.com, which was dated Friday, Haak exposed his genitals in unspecified acts that began, continued, and ended while Flight 6607 was airborne over multiple federal districts, including Maryland, on Aug. 10.
Southwest Airline pilot Michael Haak has been charged in federal court with a lewd, indecent, or obscene act for allegedly exposing his genitals on a flight
The document did not reveal the circumstances and who may have witnessed the incident.
A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland on Monday declined to disclose additional details about Haak’s case.
He was charged with lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior, which is a felony punishable by up to 90 days in prison and a fine of $ 500.
A Southwest spokeswoman said Haak had left the airline before the company was aware of the incident. Since she heard about it, she said, Southwest has been working with researchers.
The incident took place on Flight 6607 from Philadelphia to Orlando International Airport (pictured) in August 2020
“Southwest Airlines takes all matters related to workplace behavior very seriously, with a clearly defined policy and reporting process for bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation,” the airline’s spokesperson said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
“Our corporate culture is based on treating others with mutual respect and dignity, and the events alleged in this situation are inconsistent with the behaviors we require of our employees.”
According to a LinkedIn account associated with Haak, he served as a captain with Southwest Airlines.