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AFA-CWA Flight Attendants Spring Into Action to Protect Passengers on Flight 1282

Last week, AFA-CWA Flight Attendants aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 sprang into action when the plane experienced a sudden decompression after losing a “refrigerator-size door plug.” Thanks to the skill and quick thinking of the crew, neither passengers nor crew members were injured. Flight Attendants with Alaska Airlines have been demanding better wages and safer work conditions since last fall.

On Saturday, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released a statement in which she said, “Flight Attendants are trained for emergencies, and we work every flight for aviation safety first and foremost. Last night, Flight Attendants working Alaska Flight 1282 performed our jobs with skill and professionalism to care for passengers after what has been described as an explosive decompression at a window/plugged door.”

Though the plane was able to land safely, the FAA has grounded all Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft until they can be thoroughly inspected.

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Picket Last December
Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants, members of AFA-CWA, staged multiple actions at airports around the country in December 2023.