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Flights to Washington, D.C., have become dangerous due to politics, flight attendant union says

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said pro-Trump rioters should be barred from flights.

A shelter is seen at the Thomas Dixon Aircraft Observation Area as a Southwest Airlines flight from Jacksonville, Fla., makes its landing approach onto Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Glen Burnie, Md.
A shelter is seen at the Thomas Dixon Aircraft Observation Area as a Southwest Airlines flight from Jacksonville, Fla., makes its landing approach onto Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Glen Burnie, Md.
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Members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA — the country’s largest flight attendant union — said there are safety concerns on flights due to politically motivated disruptions, CNBC reports.

Context:

The union made these comments after on-board disruptions on flights to Washington, D.C., went viral this week. One such incident included a flight with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who received chants of “traitor” from those on the flight.

What the union said:

Sara Nelson, president of the union, which represents some 50,000 cabin crew members at United, Alaska and more airlines, said the recent political aggression has created safety concerns, according to CNBC.

  • “The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person onboard,” said.

Nelson said Wednesday’s riots at the US Capitol “create further concern about (participants’) departure from the D.C. area. Acts against our democracy, our government and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”

What’s being done:

American Airlines said Wednesday it will make changes to its flights since it has seen “politically motivated aggression” on trips to Washington, D.C., according to CNN. One such measure includes banning alcohol on flights to and from Washington, D.C.