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12.04.01 – (LAA) – FAA Security Directive, Skyword 9/11 Memorial Issue, Memorial Service for Flight 587 Crewmembers

This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with the APFA HotLine for Tuesday, December 4, 2001.

Memorial service details will be read at the end of this HotLine.

Due to the FAA security directive, only crewmembers whose names appear on the NS for a specific flight may board that flight. This prohibits standby flight attendants and other working crewmembers from pre-boarding flights to which they are not assigned.

We have received final numbers from American regarding the amount of Flight Attendants who took Appendix T and/or retired. From September 12, which was the day our new contract ratified – through November 26th – the day the last Appendix T Flight Attendant exited, we had 136 retirees and 640 Appendix T exits, totaling 776.

The Skyword memorial issue dedicated to the crews whose lives were lost on September 11 has been in the mail for several weeks. This has caused concern for some of you who have not yet received your magazine. Because of the Anthrax threats and the reduction in force at the US Postal Service on top of the Christmas Holiday, the mail is slower than usual. The difference in cost to mail Skyword at a non- profit rate as opposed to First Class Mail is well over $10,000; therefore, we ask for your patience in receiving this magazine.

The JFK base is selling raffle tickets to raise money for the families of the victims from flight 587. Raffle tickets are $10 a piece. The total number of tickets available is 10,000 and æ have already been sold. The drawing will be held on February 11, 2002 in New York at a fundraiser for the families of the victims from September 11, 2001. First prize is $2,500, second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500. If you would like to buy a ticket, please call Lori Heidenry at 917.553.7774 or e-mail her at

The DFW Base Representatives and Furlough Reps will host a meeting for all Furloughed DFW APFA members. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at 1000 at the DFW Office located in the Millennium Center at 222 Los Colinas Blvd., Irving, Texas. The DFW Office number is 972.444.2500. If you plan to attend, please RSVP for this meeting to the DFW Office no later than December 14, 2001. The Texas Workforce Commission, the Department of Labor, and APFA representatives will be presenting information at this meeting. Please bring your APFA Furlough packet and any correspondence you have received from American regarding your furlough as well as any questions you may have.

The following are details of memorial services for the crewmembers from flight 587 as well as information about the internment of Captain Chic Burlingame.

There will be a memorial service for the crewmembers from flight 587 on Monday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Parish of St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, New York. All Flight Attendants are welcome and uniforms are requested. Transportation will be made available from all three airports in the New York area

There will be a Mass for Wilmer Gonzalez on December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Iglesia St. Bernardita, Campo Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The address is Calle Espioncel, Country Club, Rio Piedras. Contact number is 787.769.9081.

There will be a Memorial Service for First Officer Sten Molin on December 8 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Take Route 95 (Connecticut Turnpike) to Exit 5. Turn right on Route 1, then your first right on Sound Beach Avenue – go through the rotary and the church will be on your left at 108 Sound Beach Avenue.

The funeral for Captain Chic Burlingame, who lost his life on September 11 on flight 77, will take place December 12, 2001, at the Ft. Meyer Memorial Chapel in Alexandria, Virginia. This will be followed by internment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. For security reasons, those wishing to attend should arrive by 12:00 noon. Following the service the family has extended an invitation to a reception at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center located at 5000 Seminary Road in Alexandria.

This HotLine will be updated on Friday, December 7, 2001. Thank you for calling the APFA HotLine.

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