A flight attendant gathers trash on a flight aboard a Boeing 737 Max from Dallas Fort Worth Airport to Tulsa, Oklahoma, December 2, 2020.
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The nation’s largest flight attendant unions on Wednesday expressed security considerations over politically motivated disruptions on flights after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol constructing, demanding that the outcomes of the presidential election be overturned.
The unions’ feedback got here after at the very least two on-board disruptions on Washington D.C.-bound flights, together with a Delta Air Lines flight carrying Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, throughout which some passengers chanted “traitor.” Delta stated it was conscious of the incident and that “our crew quickly engaged and resolved the issue.” A spokeswoman for the senator did not remark.
“The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person onboard,” stated Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents some 50,000 cabin crew members at United, Alaska and greater than a dozen different carriers.
The riots on the Capitol “create further concern about [participants’] departure from the DC area,” Nelson stated. “Acts against our democracy, our government and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”
On an American Airlines flight to Dulles International Airport earlier this week, passengers shouted and cursed at one another, forcing the flight attendant to show up cabin lights that had been dimmed and ordered passengers to their seats, in keeping with a video shared by Twitter consumer @MaranieRae who stated she was on the flight.
American is reviewing the incident, stated spokesman Curtis Blessing. “We applaud our outstanding crewmembers for their professionalism in de-escalating a tense onboard situation and getting our customers to their destination safely,” he stated.
Julie Hedrick, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents American Airlines’ greater than 25,000 flight attendants, stated in an announcement that the union is “incredibly concerned about recent politically motivated incidents on board passenger aircraft.
“Regardless of 1’s political opinions, the cabin of a industrial plane should, out of necessity, be a peaceful surroundings for the protection of everybody onboard,” she stated.
Flight attendant unions referred to as for zero tolerance for such incidents. Interfering with the duties of a flight crew member is in opposition to the legislation and unruly passengers will be fined $25,000.