By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
An American Airlines cabin crew died from Coronavirus Disease (CoviD-19) last Monday, the airline confirmed. Paul Frishkorn, a Philadelphia-based cabin crew and union representative, was 65 years old. He was known as a tireless advocate for the flight attendant corps who was spending time in the crew room answering questions and assisting union members through the ongoing crisis before he fell ill.
In a report by USA Today, American Airlines confirmed the news saying "earlier this week, we lost a respected, longtime member of the American Airlines family, who tested positive for COVID-19."
"Our hearts go out to Paul’s loved ones, many of whom work for American."
Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) president Lori Bassani said, "it is with deep sadness we report that one of our own has passed away from Covid-19."
"Paul is the first of our colleagues to lose his life as a result of this deadly virus. We are deeply saddened and are reminded that no precaution is too much to take during this horrible time," Bassani continued.
APFA represents 27,000 flight attendants at American Airlines.
Just recently, the New York Times made a study showing that flight attendants have a higher risk of contracting CoviD-19 if precautionary measures are not undertaken.