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Flight Attendant Associations Call for Boycott of New Movie Flight Plan

Date: September 27, 2005

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), along with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and Southwest Airlines flight attendants represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 today called for all members to boycott the recent Hollywood film Flight Plan, starring Jodie Foster.  The film, which portrays a flight attendant and Federal air marshal as terrorists and the lead villains, also depicts flight attendants as rude, unhelpful and uncaring. 

"This depiction of flight attendants is an outrage," exclaimed Patricia Friend, AFA International President.  "Flight attendants continue to be the first line of defense on an aircraft and put their lives on the line day after day for the safety of passengers. This unfair characterization of flight attendants undermines the image we project as first responders.  We will tell Hollywood that this disrespect to our profession is not going to fly."

"The portrayal of flight attendants in this movie demonstrates an insensitive and flagrant disregard for the very real challenges facing the front line of defense (the flight attendants) on any aircraft in an emergency situation," said APFA President Tommie Hutto-Blake. "Should there be another 9/11, it would be critical for the cabin crew to have the support of their passengers, not the distrust that this movie may engender. Our fellow crewmembers who perished in the line of duty deserve more respect." "The misconception of flight attendants is something that we have tried to overcome for the past 75 years," said TWU Local 556 President Thom McDaniel. "To see our profession on the big screen as terrorists is inconceivable."

AFA, APFA, and TWU together represent over 80,000 flight attendants at 23 airlines.

75 Years of Safety & Service: 60 Years of Unity This year marks the 75th anniversary of the flight attendant profession and the 60th anniversary of the Association of Flight Attendants.  More than 46,000 flight attendants, join together to form AFA-CWA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.

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