Flight Attendant Leadership Sends Letter Calling for an End to Government Shutdown

AFA Media Contact: Taylor Garland, press@afacwa.org

Washington, D.C. (January 10, 2018) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines, and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), representing American Airlines Flight Attendants, today sent a letter to President Trump, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McConnell calling for an end to the government shutdown.

The letter reads in part:

"Flight Attendants across the industry ask you to end the shutdown now. This is a matter of safety, security, and economic concern.

"We serve as the last line of defense in aviation security. On September 11, 2001 we lost our friends and colleagues while our profession changed forever. Security is a layered approach and those of us on the frontlines count on the full operation of DHS, CBP, TSA, DOT, and FAA to conduct full cyber security work, hands on security inspection, assessment of individuals at all points of entry to our country and airspace, regular inspection of our safety procedures, and continued training and certification for workforce and infrastructure. Our members and the traveling public are flying within a system that is less safe and secure as long as the shutdown continues."

Read the full letter > 

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