Ex-Southwest Airlines pilot sentenced for lewd act on flight

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A retired Southwest Airlines pilot has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to exposing his genitals to a female co-pilot and watching pornography in the cockpit during a flight from Philadelphia to Florida last year. Sixty-year-old Michael Haak said during a remote hearing Friday that the August 2020 incident on the plane started as a “consensual prank” with the first officer who was co-pilot. Haak apologized and expressed remorse for his actions before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Mark Coulson sentenced him to one year of unsupervised probation. Federal prosecutors said in a news release that Haak had never met the first officer before that flight.

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