Emotional Support Animals Negatively Affecting Air Travel

Flight Attendant Union Calls on DOT to Take Action

September 13, 2018 — A new national survey of flight attendants released today by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) found that over 98% of all respondents had worked a flight with at least one emotional support animal onboard in the last 24 months.

AFA has called on the Department of Transportation to take action to limit abuse of the ‘emotional support animal’ designation in the system. Eighty-two percent of all responding flight attendants strongly believe a consistent policy throughout the airline industry is needed to define requirements while supporting passengers with disabilities and veterans.

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Flight Attendant Union Holds Moment of Silence to Honor September 11 Heroes

Washington, DC (September 11, 2018) – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement on the 17th year since the September 11, 2001 attacks changed the country and the Flight Attendant profession forever:

“On September 11, 2001, twenty-five Flight Attendants took action as first responders in a war we didn’t know we were fighting. These heroes were among the first to relay the intelligence that alerted our country and our flying partners on Flight 93, who in turn sacrificed their own lives to save countless others on the ground.

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Flight Attendants Urge Passengers to Report Extreme Temperatures on Planes with New App

Pushing DOT Adoption of Rules on In-Cabin Temperatures

WASHINGTON, DC (August 1, 2018) – Most airline passengers have suffered from uncomfortable temperatures on airplanes, often sweltering on the ground and then shivering in the air. But now they can help build the case for establishing rules to keep airplane temperatures within reasonable limits. A new mobile app – called 2Hot2Cold – allows passengers and flight crews to document and report extreme temperatures in aircraft cabins.

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Frontier Flight Attendants Continue Contract Fight at Orlando International Airport

Orlando, FL — Flight Attendants at Frontier Airlines will picket Wednesday at Orlando International Airport in support of contract negotiations. Frontier management continues to face increasing pressure from labor disruptions due to protracted contract negotiations with Flight Attendants and Pilots.

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Flight Attendant Union Implores Industry to Implement ICAO Guidelines for Child Safety Seats Nearly 30 Years After United Flight 232

(Washington D.C., July 19, 2018) Twenty-nine years after the tragic crash of United Airlines Flight 232 claimed the lives of one infant, dozens of passengers and one fellow Flight Attendant, the Association of Flight Attendants –CWA (AFA) continues to advocate for the use of child safety seats for all children under the age of two:

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Flight Attendant Union Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, DC (July 10, 2018) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) President Sara Nelson released the following statement on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh:

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Flight Attendant Union Statement on Janus Supreme Court Decision

Washington, DC (June 27, 2018) — In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that public sector unions cannot charge fair-share fees to non-members, citing a violation of their First Amendment right. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released the following statement on the decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31:

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Flight Attendant Union Thanks Scientists for Identifying Job-Related Cancer Risks

Washington, DC (June 25, 2018) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released the following statement on new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that found U.S. Flight Attendants have a higher prevalence of every cancer they studied, especially breast cancer, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer:

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NOW BOARDING: Summer of Strife at Frontier Airlines

Frontier Flight Attendants Picket at PHL for a Fair Contract

Philadelphia (June 12, 2018) — Flight Attendants at Frontier Airlines picketed Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport adding pressure to move forward with Flight Attendant contract negotiations. Frontier management faces increasing turbulence due to languishing contract negotiations with Flight Attendants and Pilots.

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Toxic Uniforms Present Health Hazard for Flight Attendants

Union releases uniform safety guide for airlines, Congress, media

Washington, DC (May 24, 2018) — Toxic chemicals in flight attendant uniforms have caused a range of serious health problems in recent years, including severe skin rashes and irritation, irritated and swollen eyes, breathing problems, and hair loss. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today released a quick reference guide to secure safe uniforms, define the problem, and encourage airlines to take adequate steps to avoid the safety hazard. New uniforms are rolling out at major airlines next week and over the next few years.

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