AFA Statement on Attack in Nice, France

Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2016) — Statement by Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO on the attack in Nice, France.

“With one tragedy after another this summer, our hearts are again broken by the senseless attack in Nice, during Bastille Day celebrations across France. Flight Attendants, like people everywhere, are touched by the tragic murders of so many innocent people. 

“These attacks hit us particularly close to home. Some of our members are French citizens, and many more live in France. Still more in our ranks have worked trips to and from France for many years, and have enjoyed the vibrant beauty of the Promenade des Anglais on holiday or on layover. We embrace our members who are most directly affected by this attack. 

“Once again we are drawn to the words of Dr. King: 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.' Our response as a Flight Attendant community, our response as a nation, and our response as global citizens must be founded in love. Every individual must spread love in the world if we are to drive out this darkness. 

“Flight Attendants are in a unique position – because of our travels and because of the millions of people we interact with every day – to spread love across the globe. Never despair, never avert your eyes from the darkness, never give up. Most of all, we must never accept these attacks as the new normal. Together, we choose love.” 


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 70 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


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