Flight Attendant Union Continues Important Review Of Expanded Portable Electronic Device Use On Aircraft

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement today on reports of expanded use of certain portable electronic devices in flight:

“The Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) is tasked with providing detailed recommendations on the expanded use of personal electronic devices (PED) in the aircraft cabin. As a member of the ARC, AFA is committed to ensuring that any expanded use of PEDs is based on the principle that the safety of flight will not be adversely affected.

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US Airways Express Flight Attendants Picket As Strike Looms At Piedmont Airlines

Washington, DC – Piedmont Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), are delivering a strong message that the reality of a strike at the US Airways Express carrier is drawing closer at airports in New Bern, NC; Roanoke, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Harrisburg, PA.

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Horizon Air Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement On New Contract Terms

Washington, DC – Horizon Air Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), announced a tentative agreement with management today that includes increased compensation, a new scheduling system and substantial improvements in flexibility and quality of life for the over 500 Flight Attendants. Horizon Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and offers service to over 45 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. - See more at: http://www.afacwa.org/horizon-air-flight-attendants-reach-tentative-agreement-on-new-contract-terms.htm#sthash.zVRGeSnk.dpuf

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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.”

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Association of Flight Attendants Applauds TSA Policy Reversal And Seeks Permanent Ban On Knives On Planes

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued this statement today following the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announcement that airport security officers will continue to enforce the current prohibited items list which prohibits all knives:

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Flight Attendant Union Pays Tribute To Senator Lautenberg For Extraordinary Lifetime Of Service

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement today honoring the life and legacy of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg:

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a great leader who has been instrumental in bettering the lives of all Americans through his lifetime of dedicated service. For nearly thirty years as an elected leader, Senator Lautenberg has been a champion of numerous Flight Attendant issues that have had tremendous impact on our profession.

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Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Restrain Disruptive Passenger During Portland Descent

In-Flight Disturbance Reinforces Importance of Ban on Knives

Washington, DC – Fulfilling their primary roles as aviation’s first responders, Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), yesterday morning ensured a male passenger was restrained after he allegedly attempted to open an emergency exit row window during descent on flight 132 from Anchorage to Portland. The passenger was detained in Portland.

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NY and NJ Senators Say ‘Keep Knives Out of Our Skies’

Flight Attendants Cheer Senate Legislation for Ban on Knives

(WASHINGTON, DC) – New York and New Jersey Senators today introduced legislation to “Keep Knives Out of Our Skies,” in response to an incredible chorus of opposition to the TSA rule change that would allow knives in the aircraft cabin for the first time since 9/11.  The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, applauds Senator Schumer, Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Menendez for introducing the legislation to ensure the TSA does not implement the new rule over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Congress To TSA: No Knives On Planes

145 Members of Congress Sign Letter to Administrator Pistole

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, applauded the efforts of Congress to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin for good. Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Michael Grimm (R-NY) led the effort by authoring the letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and generating bipartisan support. In all, 145 members of Congress signed on to the letter, stating that the TSA’s proposed rule change to allow knives in the passenger cabin for the first time since September 11, 2001 “is dangerous, unnecessary, and irresponsible.”

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Flight Attendant Union Endorses Ed Markey For Senate With Strong Record On Aviation Security

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the world’s largest Flight Attendant union, today announced endorsement of Congressman Ed Markey for the U.S. Senate, specifically noting his proven record on strengthening aviation security. 

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