Flight Attendant Union Praises Appointment Of Ebola Czar Ron Klain

Washington, DC –Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Sara Nelson issued the following statement today praising President Obama’s appointment of Ron Klain to lead efforts overseeing the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in the United States:

“President Obama is taking responsible action to dedicate resources and coordinate our federal government’s response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak. AFA is contacting Mr. Klain on immediate recommendations to minimize, contain, and eradicate the risk of Ebola from being further spread through civil aviation.

“AFA continues to advocate for all measures necessary to ensure the health and safety of our members. While contracting Ebola in-flight is highly unlikely, the globalization of today’s aviation industry requires that new, stronger measures must be implemented to protect passengers and crew. AFA will continue to meet with government and airline officials to work on identifying methods that can provide aviation’s first responders with the tools and resources necessary to safeguard the health of everyone onboard the aircraft in the event an Ebola exposure is discovered in flight.”

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 69 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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