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Stop harassing the flight attendants


We didn’t want the #MeToo motion to know that flight attendants are regularly subjected to verbal and bodily sexual harassment on the activity.

But let’s desire the #MeToo motion – and the recent survey of greater than 3,500 flight attendants at 29 special airline by means of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA – puts a prevent to it.

According to the observe, greater than -thirds of flight attendants in the U.S. have skilled sexual harassment throughout their flying careers.

More than one-in-three flight attendants say they have experienced verbal sexual harassment from passengers, and almost one-in-five have experienced bodily sexual harassment from passengers inside the remaining year by myself.

What’s being completed approximately it? Not sufficient.

While Alaska, United, or even Spirit have taken some step to cope with the problem, 68 percentage of flight attendants say they noticed no efforts through airways to cope with place of job sexual harassment during the last yr.

“While tons of the insurance of the #MeToo motion has centered on high-profile instances within the entertainment industry and politics, this survey underscores why AFA has lengthy been pushing to get rid of sexism and harassment inside our own industry,” said Sara Nelson, AFA President. “The time whilst flight attendants were objectified in airline advertising and those joked about ‘coffee, tea, or me’ desires to be permanently grounded. #TimesUp for the enterprise to position an stop to its sexist beyond.”

Here’s more detail from the survey consequences:

*35 percent of flight attendants skilled verbal sexual harassment from passengers in the closing 12 months. Of the ones, sixty eight percent faced it three or more instances, and a third five or greater instances inside the past year.

Flight attendants described the verbal sexual harassment as remarks that are “nasty, unwanted, lewd, crude, beside the point, uncomfortable, sexual, suggestive, and grimy.”

*18 percent of flight attendants experienced bodily sexual harassment from passengers within the last yr. More than 40% of these suffered physical abuse three or greater instances. This form of harassment included having their breasts, buttocks and crotch place “touched, felt, pulled, grabbed, groped, slapped, rubbed, and fondled” both on top of and under their uniforms. Other abuse included passengers cornering or lunging at them observed by means of undesirable hugs, kisses and humping.

*Only 7 percent of the flight attendants who skilled abuse have suggested sexual harassment to their company. More regularly, flight attendants stated they respond to verbal and sexual harassment by means of averting the passenger, immediately addressing the passenger approximately their behavior or the use of some other technique to attempt to diffuse or deflect the scenario.


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