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Flight Attendant Unions

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
Tracing its roots to the Air Line Stewardesses Association, founded in 1945 at United, AFA is the oldest and
largest flight attendant labor union in the United States and the world’s largest union organized by and for
flight attendants alone. Represents more than 55,000 flight attendants at twenty airlines.

Association of Professional Flight Attendants
Represents American Airlines’ 22,000 flight attendants. The most successful and enduring of the independent
unions that flight attendants of various airlines organized in the late 1970s.

Transport Workers Union International, AFL-CIO – Air Transport Division
Local 556, founded in 1981, represents Southwest Airlines flight attendants.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters – Airline Division
The Teamsters represent flight attendants at some small airlines and in regional segments at a few large

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Umbrella organization of transportation workers’ unions that represents members’ concerns before various
branches of the federal government.

International Transport Workers’ Federation
Alliance of more than 600 unions representing 4,500,000 transport workers in 142 countries, affiliated with the
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

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Flight Attendant Alumnae Associations

Clipped Wings (United Airlines)

Silverliners (Eastern Airlines)

World Wings International (Pan Am Airlines)

TWA Clipped Wings

National Sundowners (National Airlines)

Clipped B’s (Braniff Airlines)

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Websites for/by Flight Attendants

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition: Flight Attendants
The U.S. government’s official description of the occupation.

Cabin Crew
International site that provides chat rooms, job listings, and other resources for flight attendants.

Discussion site for current, former, and future flight attendants (requires registration).

The Tiger Lounge - the Airline Employee Web Site
International site for flight attendants and other airline employees to stay in touch and network (requires registration).

Find a Flight Attendant Job
Detailed guidance on seeking flight attendant positions.

Learn the Facts about Flight Attendants
Advice from working flight attendants for aspiring cabin crew.

Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase!
Monthly podcasts by a flight attendant about life in the air.

Fly With Me
Podcasts by Joe, a pilot for a major U.S. airline, about “what goes on behind the galley curtain (and behind the cockpit door).”

Pam Ann
Site for the comedy show featuring saucy stewardess “Pam Ann” (comedian Caroline Reid).

Diary of a (Fired) Flight Attendant
Blog by the “Queen of Sky,” a flight attendant famously fired for allegedly revealing the identity of her employer (Delta) by
posting photos of herself in uniform.

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Airline Safety & Regulation

Federal Aviation Administration
Regulatory agency that oversees civil aviation in the United States.

Transportation Security Administration
Federal agency created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to oversee security in America's transportation systems.

National Transportation Safety Board
Independent federal body charged with investigating civil aviation accidents in the United States.

Flight Safety Foundation
International non-profit organization for research, education, and advocacy to improve aviation safety.

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Women in Aviation

Women in Aviation, International
Non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging women to join and succeed in all areas of aviation.

Women in Aviation Resource Center
Provides links to books, museums, employment services, and many other resources concerning women in aviation.  

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Flight Attendant History Websites

Glamour and Grit: The Story of Working with Wings 1911-2001
Features historical evidence and analysis by Chrissie Brodigan, a public historian and doctoral student at George
Mason University.

United Airlines History (see especially the Flight Attendant History subsections)
Concise, illustrated history of flight attendants at United, a leading airline since the 1930s.,6823,2286,00.html

Interview with Barbara “Dusty” Roads
People’s Century Series: “Half the People, 1917-1996” episode, PBS Website
Wonderful interview with former flight attendant, union official, and pioneering feminist activist.

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