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Wednesday
Mar062013

Airline Looking for Young Female Flight Attendants with No Braces

Nok Air/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- In a help wanted ad that looks straight out of the 1950s, Bangkok-based Nok Air is looking for a few good flight attendants -- as long as they are females aged 25 and under; at least 5 feet, 3 inches tall; proportionate in their height and weight; and do not wear dental braces. 

Resumes must be submitted in English, accompanied by the applicant’s height and weight and two photos: a two-inch “formal photo” and a full-length photo in a “casual dress.”

The ad, posted on the airline’s Facebook page a few days ago and first spotted by Jaunted, has 542 “likes” so far.

But Nok Air is also looking for more than just a pretty face.  Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or higher, “excellent communication skills both in Thai and English,” and be friendly and professional.  Cabin crew experience is an asset.  Being able to swim 50 meters is a requirement.

The low-cost airline flies to destinations in Thailand and Malaysia under the tag line “We Fly Smiles.”  The website features many young and attractive female employees, many giving the “thumbs up” sign in the photos.  The airline could not be reached directly for comment.

The deadline for applications is March 24.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar162012

More Flight Attendant Drama for American Airlines

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gailen David, the American Airlines flight attendant who posted a series of videos mocking his employer, has been fired.

Bruce Hicks, spokesman for American Airlines, told ABC News he wanted to make it clear that David was not fired for the videos. He was fired, Hicks said, because of repeated violations of passenger privacy and conflicts of interest in the form of ads for other airlines on David’s web site.

He added David had also posted photos of passengers in the Admirals Club Lounge, the airline’s frequent fliers club lounge, and passenger flight schedules on his web site. “We can’t condone it in any way,” he said.

Bruce Hicks elaborates on the firing of Gailen David in this video:

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In February, the airline told ABC News, ”We have never said we have any intention of firing Mr. David. We want to discuss Mr. David’s situation with him in-person as our contract with the [flight attendants' union] APFA stipulates. So far he has been unavailable to do so.”

Hicks told ABC News Friday that David did finally come in for a meeting and during the course of that meeting was handed a termination letter. He said that it was subsequent to the February statement that the passenger information and competitor ads appeared on David’s site, something the airline said David was spoken to about in the past and had promised not to do again.

David confirmed he had been fired. However, he said the airline’s claim that his termination had nothing to do with the videos is “totally untrue.”

He also said the ads in question were Google ads that automatically populate a web site based on its content and had been there since 2007.

David told ABC News he had never posted the flight details of any passenger who wasn’t an American Airlines executive who was, in his view, abusing the system. He used Don Carty, former CEO and chairman, as an example. Carty, according to David, was given an exit package that included lifetime first-class travel for him and his family. David claimed Carty routinely shows up for flights at the last minute and has full-fare paying passengers in first class bumped back to coach to accommodate him.

He also claimed that Judith Rodin, who sits on the board of directors of AMR Corp., American Airlines’ parent company, once had a plane headed from Dallas to New York held for an hour to accommodate her.  David said this cost the airline tens of thousands of dollars and caused passengers to miss  international connections.

“Customers don’t come first at American,” said David. “They [Carty and Rodin] can’t just fly around, enjoying life, while everyone else [at American Airlines] suffers.”

He admits he published their flight details in advance so employees would know who they were and they would “feel uncomfortable.”

American Airlines responded by saying, “First, those claims are false and ludicrous. Mr. David is a former employee with an axe to grind, nothing more than a sideshow that is a distraction from our mission. He is not a constructive part of the solution.  It’s just that simple.   We don’t intend to make any further comment on Mr. David’s delusional allegations.”

So what’s next for Gailen David?

“Co-workers are depending on me to continue to blow the whistle,” he said. “I don’t want to tear down American. I love it and want it to survive. But they have to change the management in order to make it. The same management that has been guiding it through it’s decline has been in place for the last 10 years. And if I get a side job doing skits on SNL that would be great too.”

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David is the latest controversy for the airline. AMR Corp., the airlines’ parent company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov. 29, 2011. A flight attendant was hospitalized last week after her rantings over the public address system grounded a plane headed for Chicago.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun232011

Southwest Flight Attendants' Union May File Charges over Pilot's Rant

Southwest Airlines(NEW YORK) -- The Southwest Airlines flight attendants' union may file a discrimination charge against the airline after one of their pilot's cockpit microphones became stuck open and an obscenity-laced rant about the physical attributes of flight attendants was broadcast across the entire Texas airspace.

A Houston TV station obtained a recording of the audio in which the pilot bashed gays, women, "grannies" and overweight people. The conversation took place at about 7:30 a.m. CT on March 25 and was broadcast over the Houston air traffic control radio frequency, blocking communication between air traffic controllers and other pilots for more than two minutes.

"Flight attendants at Southwest Airlines are deeply disappointed and angered by the insensitive, and unprofessional comments demeaning flight attendants," the union wrote in an online statement.

The pilot was suspended without pay, but has since returned to work after undergoing diversity training. Southwest tried to dismiss the rant as a "private conversation" and an isolated incident.

"We also are dismayed by the response from Southwest Airlines' management," the union wrote. "The official response from Southwest's spokespeople and leaders has only added 'insult to injury.'"

The general consensus among airline workers is that this was an isolated incident and will not spark changes to the airline industry training standards said Brian Wozniak, the general Chairman for the International Association of Machinists District 142 which represents flight attendants at Continental Airlines.

"I've talked to a lot of our crews today. They are a little outraged at the individual maybe, but not at the system itself," he said.

Wozniak said in the 35 years he has spent in the industry he cannot recall "anything even remotely that derogatory."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec012010

Delta Hiring 1,000 Flight Attendants; Over 100,000 Have Applied

Photo Courtesy - Delta Airlines(ATLANTA) -- Delta Air Lines is having what might possibly be the most-popular job search in a long time. More than 100,000 people have applied for just 1,000 openings as flight attendants.

Part of the reason behind the huge turnout might be the nation's persistently high unemployment rate, but the airline says that a lot of people just want to fly.

"I realized that I didn't want to be in an office 9 to 5," said Jordan Leonard, a flight attendant who has worked 20 years for Delta and now also helps with hiring.  "I'm about to go all around the world; Europe, South America, Asia.  You name it, I've probably been there."

And it's exactly that international focus that Delta is seeking.

U.S. airlines have finally returned to profitability, in part by cutting flights.  Some of those flights are returning now but more importantly Delta is making an aggressive push into new, more-lucrative international routes.  And that's really where most of these 1,000 new flight attendant jobs come in.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct062010

American Airlines Recalls Furloughed Employees

Photo Courtesy - American Airlines(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- American Airlines announced Wednesday it's recalling 545 flight attendants and 250 pilots for active duty.  The company's new alliance with British Airways and Iberia has contributed to its ability to recall the furloughed employees.

Following Wednesday's news conference in London, which announced the official beginning of the alliance, Gerard Arpey, chairman and CEO of American's parent company, AMR, said, “The company is pleased to be recalling approximately 800 total pilots and flight attendants to help capitalize on our business goals as well as to meet our staffing needs in the coming months. This is exactly the kind of growth we’re hoping to achieve with our network strategy, and my hope is that trends like this will continue.”

Come mid-November, the first group of 25 pilots will return to work.  The company will then continue recalling about 30 pilots per month.  Flight attendants will be sent recall notices in phases, the first of which will be sent to approximately 225 of them sometime this month.

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