|AFA - US Airways E-Line
April 4, 2002
Question Ground Security
Attendants Question Ground
Flight Attendants Call for
Consistency in Aircraft Searches
Mourn for the Dead - Fight
for the Living - AFL-CIO Workers Memorial Day, 2002
By Blake Morrison, USA
Flight attendants are stepping
up pressure to close what some call a back door to airport terrorism: ground-crew
Nearly seven months after
the terrorist hijackings, they say thousands of airport mechanics, caterers
and ramp workers still have access to airplanes and runways without passing
through metal detectors or undergoing regular searches. The access
continues, they say, despite provisions in the new Aviation and Transportation
Security Act that require tighter measures.
The easy access creates "a
huge, gaping hole just waiting to be exploited," says the leader of the
nation's largest flight attendants union. Pat Friend, president of
the Association of Flight Attendants, says she will raise the issue Monday,
when she meets with John Magaw, head of the new Transportation Security
spokesman Lenny Alcivar says ground-crew employees "must go through a thorough
background and criminal records check as well as prescreening procedures."
At most airports, however,
those workers are not subject to regular searches or asked to pass through
metal detectors, as pilots and flight attendants are.
Read the article: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002/04/04/ground-security.htm
Attendants Call for Consistency in Aircraft Searches
April 3, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC -
The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, has asked the Department
of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration for a
consistent rule to ensure that carriers use trained personnel with ample
time to conduct aircraft searches for suspicious and dangerous materials.
The Federal Aviation Administration mandated the searches after September
AFA International President
Patricia Friend made the request in a letter dated March 26 to DOT Secretary
Norman Mineta and TSA Undersecretary John Magaw. AFA has been working with
management at several carriers to ensure the searches are done properly.
However, some regional airlines have refused to bring in trained personnel
or train flight attendants and provide sufficient time to do the searches
"Flight attendants and passengers
on regional airlines deserve the same standard of security provided at
the major airlines," said Friend. "It is clear that the DOT must intervene
to ensure that these carriers are not allowed to cut corners when it comes
Currently, US Airways Express
carriers Piedmont, Allegheny and PSA Airlines and United Express carrier
Air Wisconsin are the airlines requiring flight attendants to conduct new
security searches in addition to current pre-flight safety checks, without
providing any training or additional time. Flight attendants are required
by law to conduct pre-flight safety checks of emergency equipment before
each flight. Carriers allot the minimum amount of time needed to conduct
the emergency equipment checks prior to boarding. These checks were
in place prior to September 11.
However, these flight attendants
have received no additional training or time to conduct the new exhaustive
security searches. And because of the time crunch brought on by the
added duties, ground supervisors are pressuring flight attendants -
sometimes wielding the threat of discipline - to cut the searches
short so passengers can be boarded and an "on-time" departure achieved.
for the Dead - Fight for the Living - AFL-CIO Workers Memorial Day, 2002
Workers Memorial Day Observance
- Memorial Rally in BOS
Flight Attendants are invited
to attend in uniform.
Honor our brothers and sisters
who were killed, injured, or suffered from illness while on the job.
Demand real "homeland security":
secure and safe jobs and working conditions for all workers.
noon - 1:15 pm
Where: Logan Airport,
James Sartori Memorial Stadium (the football field near the Airport T stop
on the Blue Line; parking available)
For more information: call
MassCOSH 617-825-7233 ext 15 or 19.
Organized by the Association
of Flight Attendants, Greater Boston Labor Council, Mass. AFL-CIO, Mass.
Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Mass. Interfaith
Committee for Worker Justice, and the Mass. Nurses Association.