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Human Trafficking Alert - Super Bowl 2022

Date: February 9, 2022

Sunday, February 13, 2022, Super Bowl LVI kicks off in Los Angeles, California. It is anticipated that over 150,000 people will flood to the City of Angels to participate in this American football tradition. As a United hub, LAX will undoubtedly see an uptick in passengers traveling to and through the location for the big game.

In the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday and in the days following, we should all be on an especially heightened alert to spot potential human trafficking. As Flight Attendants, we are uniquely positioned to identify human traffickers and assist their victims. Flight crews are skilled observers, and with the appropriate training, we can be the front line against the horrific crime of human trafficking.

It is estimated that at least 12.3 million adults and children are enslaved around the world and that 56 percent are women and girls. Mega events like the Super Bowl are a magnet for human traffickers.

While we should all be aware of the potential for human trafficking every day, as Flight Attendants working any trip to LAX in the coming days, we can make a difference through heightened vigilance. In preparation, review the indicators of human trafficking listed below and know how and where to report suspicious behavior.

  • Physical control of travel documents of an adult traveler by a co-traveler
  • Restricting the movement and social interaction of an adult traveler by a co-traveler
  • An adult traveler who is unclear on details of his/her final destination or point of contact
  • A child traveler who appears to be accompanied by someone claiming to be the parent or guardian who is in fact not related to the child. 


There are several ways to obtain the knowledge you need to be proactive in our fight against human trafficking:

To Learn More About Human Trafficking

Go to: www.dhs.gov/humantrafficking.org

To Report Human Trafficking* - If you suspect a case of human trafficking: Follow United’s reporting policy and procedure, as outlined in your Link, including using cockpit communications or other methods as part of the Blue Lightning Initiative

Report the details to the Captain. Ensure the term “suspected human trafficking is used when reporting to captain.  Review appropriate Threat Level 1 Flight Attendant guidelines and actions to take when taxiing/inflight or at the gate.

Call toll-free (866) 347-2423 from anywhere in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Call (802) 872-6199 (not toll-free) from any country in the world.  Report the tip online at www.ice.gov/tips

Together we can RECOGNIZE, REPORT and STOP Human Trafficking!

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