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Flight Attendant Union happy with DOT rejection of foreign air carrier exemption

3 September 2014

After months of intense pressure from a broad labour coalition, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has denied an exemption for a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air International (NAI).

AFA urges the DOT to close the door on NAI permanently by rejecting the foreign air carrier permit outright. AFA International president Sara Nelson said, “”For nearly 70 years, AFA has been dedicated to protecting the flight attendant career, standing against any attempt to create a position that has little room for advancement and no job security. By working closely with key counterparts across the world, we gave workers a strong voice in shaping the future of aviation.

“In our global aviation environment, it is imperative that we all work together to ensure that workers are treated fairly and are recognized for our role in their airline´s success. For several months, we have joined our sisters and brothers and stood united against NAI´s scheme to severely undercut our airlines and threaten our profession. Together we pushed back against this attempt and we now redouble our efforts to protect good jobs.”

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world´s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been a leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 69 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Its website is at


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