Gloria Steinem on how female flight attendants fought sexism in the skies (

In this exclusive excerpt from her memoir My Life on the Road, the writer and feminist activist reveals the harassment and discrimination women crew members faced in the ’60s and ’70s. When I first began flying a lot in the early 1970s, planes meant only mindlessness, escape from phones, maybe a movie, and most of […]

March 30, 2016

British Airways passengers fled a burning plane with luggage. Here’s why you shouldn’t do that (

Your plane is on fire. You can see smoke billowing outside the windows. Flight attendants are screaming to evacuate. So you unbuckle your seat belt, stand up, open the overhead compartment and make sure you grab that nice piece of luggage you brought with you. I mean, you can’t possibly let it burn! Wait, what? […]

September 11, 2015

Air Canada flight 624 crash: a message from cupe’s airline division (

CUPE’s Airline Division and its many thousands of Canadian flight attendant members from across the country collectively breathed a sigh of relief at the news that all 132 passengers and 5 crew members had made it out safely after Air Canada flight 624 crash-landed in Halifax. “Words can’t express how relieved we all feel,” said […]

March 30, 2015

Video: ITF Continues Support of IAM Delta Campaign (

The 4.6 million member International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) hit the US this week in a massive show of support for the IAM Delta campaign. Meetings were held Tuesday in DTW with great enthusiasm. Watch the video here>> See more at:

March 6, 2015

APFA National President Laura Glading Endorses IAM Delta Campaign (IAM)

Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA)National President Laura Glading, representing Flight Attendants at American Airlines yesterday endorsed the IAM Delta campaign. President Glading issued the following statement: “Yesterday the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) delivered nearly 12,000 election request cards to the National Mediation Board. Each card was signed by a courageous […]

January 19, 2015

Virgin America flight attendants to join TWU

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) congress in Sofia, Bulgaria, is celebrating the decision by around 900 flight attendants at Virgin America to be represented by a union. The National Mediation Board (NMB) in the United States yesterday announced that flight attendants at Virgin America have voted in favor of union representation. Of the roughly […]

August 14, 2014

It Sounds So Last Century, but Cabin Crew Are Still Hassled by Sex Pests (

From Coffee, Tea or Me? to The Swinging Stewardesses to the Singapore Girl. For years, books, movies and marketing campaigns have sold us the story that flight attendants are sexy girls who serve, not working men and women. Years of organizing and activism has helped alter this perception and has dramatically improved working conditions in […]

June 27, 2014

LATAM Airlines Refuses to Settle Worker Disputes in Peru and Argentina Despite Negotiating in Brazil

Warnings of Flight Cancellations and Delays Continue into World Cup LATAM Airlines refuses to discuss the injustices workers in Argentina and Peru are facing, despite negotiating with workers in Brazil today. Without an agreement in Argentina, Peru and Brazil, strikes, work actions and mobilizations will continue throughout Latin America during the times when World Cup […]

June 5, 2014