Former airline pilot gets probation for lewd acts in the cockpit during flight

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Former airline pilot gets probation for lewd acts in the cockpit during flight

A former Southwest Airlines pilot has been sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to committing a lewd act during a flight he was piloting, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Maryland. (Source: Southwest Airlines/CNN/file)

By CNN staff | June 1, 2021 at 8:59 AM EDT – Updated June 1 at 9:06 AM

Michael Haak, 60, was sentenced last week.

The incident occurred last summer.

Haak admitted that once the plane on a flight from Philadelphia to Orlando reached cruising altitude, he got out of the pilot’s seat, undressed and viewed pornographic media on a laptop.

He also displayed inappropriate conduct while the first officer, a woman, continued her flight duties.

The judge ordered Haak to pay a $5,000 fine. It’s a misdemeanor offense, and Haak doesn’t have to register as a sex offender.

No comment was available from Haak or his lawyers.

Southwest said Haak left the airline before the incident was reported.

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Source: https://www.walb.com/2021/06/01/former-airline-pilot-gets-probation-exposing-himself-female-first-officer-during-flight/

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