Friday, August 01, 2008

The Economic Realities of Flight Attendants' Jobs

Among the present day realities for most airline flight attendants, especially in the United States: They are working for longer duty periods, and are allotted shorter rest periods. They have fewer amenities to offer their passengers, and they work with fewer crew on board to share the workload during flights. They receive lower pay and fewer benefits than they did a decade ago, yet top executives at most U.S.-based carriers continue to receive huge monetary bonuses.

The video below was produced by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union representing American Airlines flight attendants, but its message reflects the realities of cabin crew jobs across the airline industry.

Have a look:

(If the video does not play or display properly above, click here to view it on YouTube.)