Aviation needs more women on the flight deck – And in all roles (forbes.com)

By Stephen Rice The Problem The aviation industry faces a worldwide shortage of qualified pilots. Numerous agencies cite the need to hire thousands of new pilots over the next two decades. In fact, some air carriers are already reducing or canceling flight schedules as a result of these pilot shortages. Given this need to hire […]

March 11, 2019

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

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

ITF urges unions to step up fight for ILO convention on workplace violence

The ITF is urging all its unions to participate in two major initiatives to promote gender equality and eliminate violence against women in the workplace, which the federation launched on International Women’s Day (8 March). Unions are being asked to participate in the ITF’s equality testing in transport research, and to help fight for the […]

March 10, 2017

Gloria Steinem on how female flight attendants fought sexism in the skies (cntraveler.com)

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