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The sexual harassment of flight attendants is a massive problem

The sexual harassment of flight attendants is a massive problem

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OVER the past year, there have been myriad stories in the press about airlines mistreating passengers. Last April David Dao, a passenger on a domestic United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville, was violently dragged off the plane to accommodate crew for another flight. This month United hit the headlines again when a Nigerian passenger accused it of racial discrimination after she was thrown off a flight. But among the sea of shocking headlines about how flight crews abuse passengers, it is easy to forget that the reverse occurs far more frequently.A new study published earlier this month shows just how common the harassment of flight attendants by flyers is. The Association of Flight Attendants, the union representing American cabin crew, asked more than 3,500 flight attendants fr...
Wanted: 1,000 new Delta flight attendants

Wanted: 1,000 new Delta flight attendants

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5 stunning stats about airlinesDelta is on the hunt for new flight attendants. The airline has more than 1,000 open flight attendant positions for 2018 and the competition is stiff. Last year, 150,000 people applied for around 1,200 flight attendant jobs. Fewer than 1% of applicants were hired. So far, Delta has received more than 125,000 applications for this hiring round. So what makes it such a tough gig to land? "You need to not only be a customer service professional, but also a safety expert," said Ashton Morrow, a Delta(DAL) spokeswoman. Related: Delta's passengers are paying more It's a long hiring process: applicants first submit an application, then chosen candidates submit a video of themselves answering a set of questions. Selected candidates are then asked to come in for a...
The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

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GULLIVER is rarely fazed by what happens below the line of his posts. Receiving the occasional shoeing from readers—sometimes insightful, sometimes not—goes with the job. And he has certainly found his views swayed by well-reasoned arguments he finds there.But he was truly gobsmacked at the discussion that ensued from a piece last year about the sexualisation of flight attendants. The post noted a few of the seedier airline hiring practices, such as asking potential recruits, some just 15, to take part in a bikini competition, or carriers refusing to employ married women. It then concluded with what seemed to be an uncontroversial suggestion: female cabin crew should be chosen for their abilities, not for their allure.It turns out that such woolly liberal thinking is merely the product of ...