Former Southwest Pilot Exposed Himself Mid-Flight, Police Say

He left the company before incident became known
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2021 4:00 AM CDT
Former Southwest Pilot Exposed Himself Mid-Flight, Police Say
In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, a worker uses a flashlight to inspect an engine on a Boeing 737 Max 8 built for Southwest Airlines at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Michael Haak was piloting a Southwest Airlines plane when he allegedly engaged in lewd behavior mid-flight, police say. Haak left the airline before it became aware of the situation, the company says in a statement. He is accused of exposing his genitals during the flight, which took off from Philly headed to Orlando on Aug. 10; per the court filing, he "intentionally committed an act of lewd, indecent and obscene exposure of his genitals in a public place." Not many more details have been made public, including where the alleged act took place, NBC Philadelphia reports. But ABC News reports no passengers are said to have witnessed it, only the pilots. (Read more Southwest Airlines stories.)

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