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Former Southwest Airlines pilot sentenced for undressing, watching porn during flight

CNN – A former pilot for Southwest Airlines was sentenced to one year of probation last week after pleading guilty to a lewd, indecent, or obscene act during a flight he was piloting last summer, according to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.

Michael Haak, 60, admitted that when he was flying from Philadelphia to Orlando on August 10, 2020 and reached cruising altitude, he got out of the pilot’s seat, undressed and “viewed pornographic media on a laptop computer,” while still in the cockpit.

Haak also “engaged in inappropriate conduct”  while a female First Officer whom he had never met before continued her flight duties, according to the release.

Haak was prosecuted in Maryland because the plane on which the incident occurred flew over parts of the District of Maryland, a federal court jurisdiction, CNN reported. A judge also ordered Haak to pay a fine of $5,000, the release said.

Prosecutors said he will not need to register as a sex offender, court records show.

A spokesperson for Southwest Airlines said in a statement to CNN that “Southwest does not tolerate behavior of this nature and will take prompt action if such conduct is substantiated.”

“In this particular situation, Southwest only learned of the alleged behavior after Mr. Haak voluntarily separated from Southwest Airlines,” the statement read. “Nonetheless, Southwest did investigate the matter and as a result, ceased paying Mr. Haak any benefits he was entitled to receive as a result of his separation from The Company.”

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