AFA Statement on Singapore Airlines Flight 321

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2024) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson, representing over 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines, released the following statement on Singapore Airlines Flight SQ321:

"Turbulence is a serious workplace safety issue for Flight Attendants, and today we are sadly reminded it can be deadly.

"For flight attendants and passengers alike, the dangerous, shaky feeling in midair called turbulence comes from air currents shifting. While details of Singapore Flight 321 are still developing, initial reports seem to indicate clear air turbulence, which is the most dangerous type of turbulence. It cannot be seen and is virtually undetectable with current technology. One second, you’re cruising smoothly; the next, passengers, crew and unsecured carts or other items are being thrown around the cabin.

"As our climate changes, severe and clear air turbulence instances are on the rise. Always follow crew instructions and wear your seatbelt whenever seated. It is a matter of life and death."


The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, (AFA) AFL-CIO represents over 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines. AFA is the union that has advanced the Flight Attendant profession for 78 years, beating back discrimination and improving wages, benefits, working conditions, and aviation safety, health and security in the aircraft cabin. AFA also partners with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at


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