ITF survey on cabin crew harassment and discrimination

Please take the survey! Your feedback is essential! And please share this message with your fellow union members. Shocking revelations of harassment and discrimination in the airline industry have come to light over the past year, with worrying numbers of cabin crew experiencing harassment, bullying and discrimination at work. To hold airlines to account for […]

February 11, 2020

36,000 feet in the air, flight attendants and passengers say ‘Me, Too’ (

By David Schaper Teri, a flight attendant for 12 years, says she experienced a disturbing situation on a flight just last week. “I encountered a gentleman, maybe in his 20s, who was lying across a row of seats on a light flight, inappropriately touching himself, with children sitting around him.” Teri says “his pants were […]

July 10, 2018

‘It Was Really Disgusting’: What Sexual Harassment Looks Like at 30,000 Feet (

by Natasha Wynarczyk Female cabin crew have been sexually objectified since Pan Am’s 60s heyday. Women in the industry say it’s making their jobs a transatlantic nightmare. (…) On some airlines, control over what female cabin crew wear, how they behave, and what they can do in their personal life is extended to when they […]

June 6, 2016

Qatar Airways still faces heat on female staff discrimination (

Qatar Airways’ decision to stop firing female staff for becoming pregnant is seen as a victory for labour rights in the Gulf state, but an inquiry by the International Labour Organization (ILO) remains open as questions persist about other discriminatory practices. The ILO tells Equal Times its inquiry into Qatar Airways is “still an ongoing […]

September 2, 2015

Send an e-protest to Qatar Airways

Fired – for getting pregnant? Need permission – to get married? Under constant surveillance – in your own home? If you think this is wrong – then join us, and tell Qatar Airways to improve conditions for its women workers. Sign the petition here>> We’ll be in touch soon with our final way for you […]

February 27, 2014

Civil aviation women build links and leadership skills

Seventeen women civil aviation workers from ITF affiliates worldwide including pilots, cabin crew, mechanics, baggage handlers and air traffic controllers participated in a leadership programme for women trade unionists in Esher, UK last week. It was co-designed and delivered by Alison McGarry, ITF women’s coordinator and Dr Elaine Bernard, executive director of Harvard Labour and […]

August 7, 2013