By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Around 100 flight attendants of American Airlines have tested positive of Coronavirus Disease (CoviD-19), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) said. The APFA is a union which represents more than 27,000 cabin crew of the airline. According to APFA, the airline has also agreed to provide face masks for the frontline crew members while at work.
According to APFA president Julie Hedrick, the union has been pushing the company to provide personal protective equipment since January. "We have consistently advocated for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all of our flight attendants to be available on every aircraft, for social distancing between passengers and crew jump seats, for thermal scanning in the airports, and to receive immediate notification of flight attendants who have tested positive for the virus," she said.
"Flight attendants are aviation's first responders, who are transporting medical personnel and supplies into COVID-19 hotspots, and they need to be treated and protected as such."
However in a statement, American Airlines said, "The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority."
"We are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials and are coordinating with them on any required health and safety related measures. We continue to look at all ways we can care -- and protect -- our team during this stressful time."
The airline has not made a direct comment on the claim of the union.
The APFA also said that they expect the number of positive cases amongst their flight attendants to increase in the following days and weeks.