Argentina limits aircrew exposure to cosmic radiation for the first time

Aviation workers who exceed 6mSv a year of exposure to cosmic radiation are recommended to stop flying under new guidance issued by the government of Argentina, its national airline and union representatives. Excessive exposure to cosmic radiation has been linked to health problems including cancer and miscarriage during pregnancy. It is vital for aircrew safety […]


March 15, 2021

ITF demands safe airports for workers and passengers

The COVID-19 pandemic has exaggerated, not created the issues airport workers are facing today, such as the fragmentation of the industry, subcontracting and outsourcing of labour to precarious workers. As a result of this crisis, many workers have lost their livelihoods with no recompense for being laid-off, regardless of how long they have served the […]


May 19, 2020

#IWMD20: ITF demands urgent protections for transport workers

ITF Management Committee statement on protecting workers during and after the Covid-19 pandemic The battle against Covid-19 will not be won without transport workers, they are the lifeblood of the global economy and vital to successfully responding to the challenge of Covid-19. It is the train drivers, seafarers, cabin crew, taxi drivers, cleaners, ticket sellers, […]


April 28, 2020

Flight attendant union thanks scientists for identifying job-related cancer risks (afacwa.org)

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released the following statement on new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that found U.S. Flight Attendants have a higher prevalence of every cancer they studied, especially breast cancer, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer: “Flight Attendant health risks including radiation exposure, disruption to sleep […]


June 27, 2018

Senator Blumenthal Announces Act Aimed at Combating Toxic Cabin Air (goiam.org)

On Tuesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) along with Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act, a bill that seeks to protect airline passengers and cabin crew from toxic cabin air. Academic research indicates that approximately 20,000 toxic fume events have occurred during the past 10 years – an […]


July 27, 2017

Trolley dolly folly: Many airlines shamelessly exploit female sexuality

The Economist, explains how many airlines have reverted to backward practices that objectify women cabin crew. Unions have long fought, so that airlines, travellers and the general public value the major health and safety role that cabin crew workers play and this article sites practices that are alarming on grounds of worker rights and could pose […]


January 5, 2017

EASA recommends minimum two crew in the cockpit (easa.europa.eu)

EASA publishes today a  temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment at all times of the flight. Airlines should re-assess the safety and security risks associated with a flight crew leaving the cockpit due to operational or physiological needs. […]


March 27, 2015