Flight attendants across the United States are demanding a change in the way they are paid, as they currently do not earn hourly pay until the aircraft doors are closed. To draw attention to their demands, flight attendants will be picketing at airports on Tuesday.
The issue at hand is that while airlines argue flight attendants are compensated for the time they spend on the ground, it is not enough to cover the unpaid time they spend in airports and preparing for flights. This has become a growing concern as flights have become more crowded, with planes being configured to pack in more seats, increasing the stress on flight attendants.
One major US airline, Delta, is the exception and pays flight attendants for boarding time. However, some view this move as an effort to discourage flight attendants from unionizing. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) is leading the charge by pushing for a 33% raise and other improvements in their contracts.
Unfortunately, federal law prohibits airline workers from striking without permission from the federal government. In the past, flight attendants have been denied permission to strike by American Airlines. Nevertheless, the APFA has requested an impasse in contract talks, which would allow them to strike.
These demands for better compensation and treatment come as flight attendants face great challenges in their line of work. They play a vital role in ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers, yet often struggle with low wages and unfavorable working conditions.
For now, the picketing on Tuesday will serve as a way for flight attendants to make their voices heard and draw attention to their cause. It remains to be seen how airlines and the federal government will respond to these demands, but it is clear that flight attendants are united and determined to fight for their rights and fair compensation.