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Flight Attendant Union Renews Call For Child Safety Seats 25 Years After United Flight 232

Date: July 18, 2014

Washington, DC – Twenty-five years after the tragic crash of United Airlines flight 232 claimed the lives of one infant, dozens of passengers and one fellow Flight Attendant, the Association of Flight Attendants –CWA (AFA) continues to advocate for the use of child safety seats for all children under the age of two.

 “On July 19, 1989, the heroic actions of the Flight Attendants and crew onboard United flight 232 saved the lives of 184 passengers in one of the worst crashes in aviation history. Through their professionalism and dedication, our colleagues showed the world the crucial role Flight Attendants have onboard the aircraft each and every day.

 “As first responders, Flight Attendants must secure all items onboard an aircraft to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, but infants and small children are considered an exception. The use of child safety seats is about the safety of our smallest, most defenseless passengers as well as the safety of those around them.

 “After the devastating accident in Sioux City, AFA intensified efforts to ensure safe air travel for all passengers regardless of age. For decades, AFA has advocated for the mandatory use of child safety seats during takeoff, landing, and turbulence on board aircraft. While child safety in motor vehicles has advanced significantly over the years, the same cannot be said for aviation.

 “Flight Attendants are responsible for the safety, health and security of all occupants in the cabin of commercial airplanes. For our youngest passengers, we believe there is only one safe way to fly, and that is the reason for AFA’s steadfast support for requiring child safety seats for passengers under the age of two.

“Today, we reflect on the important lessons of United flight 232 and continue to remain thankful for our flying partners whose actions 25 years ago continue to serve as an important reminder that Flight Attendants put their lives on the line every day to ensure passengers arrive at their destination safely and securely.

“Our union will pause for a moment of silence as the names of those who lost their lives are read at 2:30 pm Central tomorrow, July 19th, during a solemn ceremony in Sioux City, IA, marking the 25th year since the tragedy. Flight Attendants will especially hold close the memory of United Flight Attendant Renee LeBeau who lost her life in the crash. We will also pause to pay tribute to the crew that performed miracles to save 184 lives.”

United flight 232

Flight Attendant: Janice Brown-Lohr

Flight Attendant: Georgeann Del Castillo

Flight Attendant: Barbara Gillaspie

Flight Attendant: Donna McGrady

Flight Attendant: Virginia Jan Murray

Flight Attendant: Timothy Owens

Flight Attendant: Yeoung (Kathy) Shen

Flight Attendant: Susan L. White

Flight Attendant: Rene LaBeau

Captain: A.C. Haynes

First officer: William R. Records

Second officer: Dudley J. Dvorak

United DC-10 flight instructor: Dennis E. Fitch 

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 68 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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