20 Years at 30,000 Feet: A Flight Attendant Answers Readers’ Questions

Does the cabin crew ever get scared in the air? Is there a secret flight attendant code? How do I survive a flight with my toddler? An industry insider answers.

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Ask a Flight Attendant About Flying Now

Whether you have travel anxieties or you’re just curious about what really goes on behind the curtain, you can finally get your questions answered.

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A Flight Attendant’s Tips on Surviving Travel Now

In two decades of flying, things have never been as stressful as they are now, a cabin insider says. Here, her tips from 30,000 feet for avoiding airline chaos this summer.

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Being a Flight Attendant Was a Dream Job. Now It’s a Nightmare.

How defiant Covid-era customers turned a dream job — flight attendant — into a total nightmare.

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Southwest Airlines to Start Selling Alcohol on Flights Again

A flight attendants’ union said the decision was “unsafe and irresponsible.”

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Passenger Exposed Buttocks and Threw a Can During Flight, Prosecutors Say

Shane McInerney, 29, was charged after his disruptive behavior aboard a flight from Dublin to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 7.

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Air Travel Is No Holiday as Covid-19 and Winter Storms Cancel Flights

Airlines and passengers are ending the year with many of their plans upended. And New Year’s weekend may be bumpy, too.

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California Woman Pleads Guilty to Punching Flight Attendant in the Face

Vyvianna M. Quinonez, 28, bloodied a flight attendant in May on a Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego, prosecutors said.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Will Test Airlines

Thanksgiving will be the biggest test of the system’s resilience since the pandemic began, with millions more passengers than last year.

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Attack Left Flight Attendant With Concussion and Facial Injury, Authorities Say

The chief executive of American Airlines called the violent encounter on a California-bound flight from New York last week “one of the worst displays of unruly behavior we’ve ever witnessed.”

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Inside United Airlines’ Decision to Mandate Coronavirus Vaccines

Over the course of a year, the company and its unions grappled with when and how to require vaccination for its 67,000 U.S. employees.

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‘A Bucket List at the End of Life Is a Lot of Pressure’

Readers offer their thoughts about living and dying. Also: Unvaccinated tennis players; abuse of flight attendants; obsessive-compulsive disorder; ex-offenders.

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Flight Attendants’ Hellish Summer: ‘I Don’t Even Feel Like a Human’

For cabin crews, the peak travel season has turned into a chronic battle involving frequent delays, overwork and unruly passengers that leaves them feeling battered by the public and the airlines.

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United Asks Flight Attendants Not to Tape Passengers to Seats

Their union called the memo a publicity stunt. But plans by the F.A.A. to fine passengers suggest that the skies remain unruly, as does American Airlines’ extension of its alcohol ban.

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Passenger Arrives Taped to His Seat After Assault of 3 Flight Attendants

Maxwell Berry, 22, of Norwalk, Ohio, punched a Frontier Airlines flight attendant and groped two others on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami, the authorities said.

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T.S.A. to Resume Self-Defense Classes for Flight Crews

The classes, which will resume in July, come as crew members struggle with a surge in cases of unruly passengers.

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Off-Duty Flight Attendant Is Detained After an In-Flight Struggle, Delta Says

Video from the flight showed a violent confrontation involving several people wrestling a man to the floor as someone said: “Get him down. Keep him down.”

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2 Airlines Will Postpone Serving Alcohol Amid Surge of In-Flight Violence

American and Southwest announced the policies after the latest assault was captured on a widely watched video that showed a woman punching a flight attendant in the face.

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FAA Fines Passengers Who Clashed Over Mask Rules

Dozens of people face fines of up to $35,000 for assaulting and interfering with flight attendants under a zero-tolerance policy introduced by the F.A.A. this year.

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T.S.A. Extends Mask Mandate for Travel Into September

The mandate was set to expire on May 11.

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Once Crippled by the Pandemic, Airlines See a Fast Recovery Coming

As demand for tickets recovers, airlines are calling back workers, adding flights and planning for a summer they say could be normal.

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Mask Fights and a ‘Mob Mentality’: What Flight Attendants Faced Over the Last Year

Furloughs, passengers who won’t wear masks and tense political confrontations contributed to a year of perpetual chaos for flight attendants. “It’s insane,” one veteran attendant said.

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Passenger Who Had Medical Emergency on Flight Died of Covid-19, Coroner Says

The episode in Louisiana raised concerns about the risks travelers face, even with heightened safety precautions in place.

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United Helps to Contact Passengers After Possible Covid 19-Related Death on Flight

The flight, United 591 from Orlando to Los Angeles, was diverted to New Orleans on Monday after a passenger had a medical emergency on board.

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U.S. to Limit Service Animals on Planes to Dogs Only

Emotional support animals are considered pets instead of service animals under the new rules, which go into effect next month.

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Flight Attendants Face an Uncertain Future

This month, United Airlines and American Airlines furloughed more than 32,000 employees. Many of them are wondering when, or if, they’ll fly again.

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Hit First by the Coronavirus Pandemic, Arline Workers Seek New Paths

Pilots, flight attendants and other staff are retiring early or taking buyouts and leaves of absence in anticipation of a slow recovery.

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Voices From Travel’s Front Lines: ‘We Walk in Fear, We Work in Fear’

Six travel workers from Alaska to the Maldives talk about returning to the job. They are in a new world, with restrictions and health measures, uncertainty and new procedures.

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Airlines Say Everybody Onboard Must Wear a Mask. So Why Aren’t They?

Companies are promoting new rules to reassure Americans that flying is safe. But when it comes to enforcement, they are not following through.

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Who Should Wear Masks on Planes? More Airlines Say Everyone.

Major carriers are requiring masks on their flight crews. Delta and American Airlines decided that passengers must cover their faces, too.

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JetBlue Is the First Major U.S. Airline to Require Masks for Passengers

The airline will require all passengers to wear a face covering from the beginning to the end of their trip. The policy takes effect Monday.

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Treasury and Airlines Agree on Terms of Industry Bailout

Airlines will receive billions of dollars in grants and loans to pay flight attendants, pilots and other employees.

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Voices From Travel’s Frontlines: ‘Fasten Your Seatbelts’

We spoke with eight travel and hospitality workers, from California to Croatia, who have been working as the coronavirus spreads. They shared similar concerns about an uncertain future.

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