85 percent of Flight Attendants dealt with unruly passengers, nearly 1 in 5 experienced physical incidents in 2021

After new survey, Flight Attendants Union Calls on FAA, DOJ to take action, make “zero-tolerance” policy permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2021) — A new national survey of nearly 5,000 flight attendants released today by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) found that over 85 percent of all respondents had dealt with unruly passengers as air travel picked up in the first half of 2021. More than half (58%) had experienced at least five incidents this year. A shocking 17 percent reported experiencing a physical incident.

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AFA Statement on Crew Hotel and Transportation Issues

July 28, 2021 — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA released the following statement on Crew Hotel and Transportation Issues:

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AFA on United No Furlough Announcement: “The Payroll Support Program Worked”

Washington, DC (June 11, 2021) —Following United Airlines’ announcement that there will be no furloughs when the Payroll Support Program funding ends in September, 2021, AFA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement:

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AFA Applauds Biden Admin’s Expansion of Workers’ Rights at TSA

Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2021) —Today, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas instructed TSA Administrator David Pekoske to issue new guidance expanding union rights for TSA employees and bringing their pay in line with other federal employees. AFA International President Sara Nelson issued the following statement following the announcement:

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Flight Attendant Union and Norse Atlantic Airways Reach Historic Pre-Hire Agreement with Neutrality and Contract Subject to Ratification by Future Crew

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2021) – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) and Norse Atlantic Airways (Norse) have agreed to a pre-hire agreement for U.S.-based Flight Attendant jobs at the new low-cost, long-haul start up airline. Norse expects to create a minimum of 700 Flight Attendant jobs in the U.S. and agreed to union neutrality with joint application for certification by the National Mediation Board once the Flight Attendants demonstrate majority interest in representation with AFA. The full contract, subject to ratification after certification of the union, includes industry-leading starting pay and job protections, healthcare, and a 401k among other key benefits.

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Flight Attendant Union and Norse Atlantic Airways Schedule Meeting to Negotiate Contract for U.S. Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 3, 2021) – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) and Norse Atlantic Airways (Norse) have agreed to schedule negotiations at the end of May in an effort to reach agreement on a flight attendant contract at the new low-cost, long-haul start up airline.

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Flight Attendants Applaud TSA Mask Enforcement Extension

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2021) — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it is extending its mask enforcement directive to September 13, 2021. Earlier this month, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) called for the directive to be extended in a letter to TSA Administrator Pekoske and testified on the issue before the Senate Subcommittee Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation. AFA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement:
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Flight Attendant Union Statement on Nomination of Deirdre Hamilton to the NMB

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2021) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) International President released the following statement on President Biden’s nomination of Deirdre Hamilton to serve on the National Mediation Board:

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Flight Attendant Union President Sara Nelson to Testify in the Senate on the Safe Return to Air Travel

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 21, 2021) — The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation will hold a hearing titled, “Prepare for Takeoff: America’s Safe Return to Air Travel,” at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. AFA President Sara Nelson will testify on the success of the Payroll Support Program (PSP), the required actions for safety of aviation, extending the mask mandate, and more. 

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AFA Statement on CDC Vaccinated Travel Guidelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2, 2021) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today updated travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, eliminating some testing and quarantine recommendations. Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) International President Sara Nelson, representing nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 17 airlines: 

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