Association Of Flight Attendants Commends Ed Markey For Strong Record On Homeland Security

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the world’s largest Flight Attendant union, commends Ed Markey for his experience and strong track record on keeping our nation safe and secure. 

“Ed Markey has spent his career making our homeland safer and more secure,” stated Veda Shook, AFA International President. “After September 11, Ed Markey has been a Congressional leader in ensuring the protection of Americans, including authoring legislation to screen all cargo on passenger planes and scan cargo coming into our ports for nuclear materials. And his recent effort to block TSA’s decision to allow small knives on planes, has helped delay this dangerous policy change. Ed Markey has the experience and is the best candidate to fight for effective homeland security measures in the U.S. Senate.”

“As a Boston-based Flight Attendant who lost friends on 9/11, Ed was one of the first to express his heartfelt condolences and promise to protect our skies and our country,” stated Sara Nelson, Boston-based Flight Attendant and AFA International Vice President. “I am proud to know Ed and to witness first-hand the heart he brings from the people of Massachusetts to the battles he wages for us on Capitol Hill. Ed is a champion for homeland security, for safe skies and for our heroes from Massachusetts who were among the first to die in a war we didn’t know we were fighting on September 11, 2001. Our country needs Ed Markey in the Senate as a champion for our security.”

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 67 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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