Wednesday, January 6, 2021
This morning, APFA Leadership was made aware of incidents on various flights headed to Washington, D.C. During these incidents, some of which broadcasted over social media, Flight Attendants were forced to confront passengers exhibiting politically motivated aggression towards other passengers and crew. This behavior is unacceptable, and Flight Attendants should not have to deal with these egregious incidents.
This afternoon, we witnessed an outbreak of violence at the U.S. Capitol, forcing an evacuation while lawmakers were attempting to certify the electoral college vote count. As a result, a curfew went into effect in Washington, D.C., at 6:00 pm.
The APFA Safety and Security Department and AA Corporate Security will continue to monitor the situation. Effective immediately, American has moved all layover crews to airport hotels through next Sunday. Additionally, American will offer alternative forms of private transportation to crews laying over in BWI, DCA and IAD.
As safety professionals, we are well trained in handling inflight disruptions, but we should never find ourselves having to deal with politically motivated verbal or physical altercations onboard. Please continue to maintain situational awareness, and attempt to deal with all safety and security issues on the ground. Remain extra vigilant on flights departing from the Washington, D.C. area for the next few days, and involve your fellow crewmembers if you have safety concerns. Our primary role is safety, and these disruptions have never been and will not be tolerated. We will continue to be in contact with American to ensure everything possible is being done to keep you safe.
If you have experienced an incident, please remember that the APFA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) representatives are here to help.
(817) 540-0108 ext.8701
APFA National President