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Going Overboard, Onboard? Flight Attendants Want Masks, Gloves

April 29, 2009 | Posted in: Flight Attendants,Travel Safety

UPDATE: US Airways flight crews ARE wearing gloves (but no masks) on flights to/from Mexico.

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) has asked the FAA – and the airlines – to provide them with gloves and masks – and to allow them to stay home if they have flu symptoms, and not have it count against sick leave. No response yet that I’m aware of.

The AFA, which represents more than 50,000 flight attendants on 20 airlines, notes on its website that “a surgical mask will provide limited protection, but is better than nothing.”

A spokesman for American Airlines points out that they already have such equipment onboard, in case a crew member has to deal with any sick passenger.

Readers, tell me – would you freak out if you boarded a plane and saw all the flight attendants wearing masks? Another question: would we be provided with masks?

One Response to “Going Overboard, Onboard? Flight Attendants Want Masks, Gloves”

  1. David M says:

    Now, let me get this straight. The flight attendants want the airlines to not count the days they are sick with the flu against their sick days?

    What do they usually do with their sick days? Do they usually lie that they are sick so they can use the sick days off to enjoy as they want?

    I could care less if someone wore a mask or not.

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