2 United employees are reportedly suing the airline for staffing NFL, MLB, and NCAA charter flights with young, blond crews
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A lawsuit against United Airlines claims that the airline staffs professional team charter flights with young, blond crew members and restricts flight attendants who do not fall into this category from the opportunity to work the planes, Bloomberg reported. The lawsuit was filed by two veteran flight attendants, a Black woman who has worked for United for 28 years and a Jewish woman who has been with the airline for 34 years, according to Bloomberg. In the suit, they say were repeatedly unable to work charter flights for teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and National Collegiate Athletic Association. Sharon Tesler and Kim Guillory said in the complaint that they were notified they were not able to work those shifts because they were not on the "preferred" lists, Bloomberg reported. The complaint stated young, white, blond flight attendants with less experience were able to work the flights in an example of the airline valuing employees based "entirely on their racial and physical attributes, and stereotypical notions of sexual allure," according to Bloomberg. United did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. Flight attendants have historically been the subject of rampant sexism in advertisements, flight attendant dress codes, and weight restrictions of employees, Business Insider previously reported. Fierce competition among airlines pushed companies to advertise attractive workers in tight outfits before attendants became a key group in championing the feminist movement in the late 1960s. Before a federal court decision prompted airlines to change rules in 1970, flight attendants could be rejected for being married or pregnant. Eventually, the industry welcomed male employees and opted to stop calling the workers "stewardesses." Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Animation shows how long it takes for trash to break down
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United says it will ban passengers who do not abide by its requirement to wear masks on board flights (UAL)
United Airlines said it will ban passengers who refuse to wear a mask on board flights...United Airlines said it will ban passengers who refuse to wear a mask on board flights during the coronavirus pandemic. The length of the ban will be determined after a security incident review. Passengers will be warned multiple times and offered a mask before they are referred for the action. US airlines have come under criticism for failing to enforce mask requirements, but an industry trade group said Monday that more substantive enforcement is coming. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. United Airlines said Monday that passengers who refuse to wear masks on board flights could be banned from traveling with the airline in the future. The new policy takes effect on Thursday, June 18. Most US airlines have added requirements in recent months for passengers to wear masks on board flights and, in some cases, in airport facilities or while boarding or disembarking the aircraft. However, airlines have come under criticism for failing to enforce requirements or to provide clear guidelines surrounding the handling of non-compliant passengers. The lax enforcement has led to complaints from some other passengers, especially on flights that were relatively full. Earlier on Monday, US airline industry lobbying organization Airlines for America (A4A) said that its member airlines would strengthen their respective mask policies and practices, which would include pre-flight communications, on-board announcements, and consequences for noncompliance. The organization said that individual member airlines would detail their own "appropriate consequences for passengers who are found to be in noncompliance of the airline's face covering policy up to and including suspension of flying privileges on that airline." A4A members that will strengthen their mask policies include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. United was the first to announce the new policy. United said that passengers who violate the policy will be banned from the airline for "duration of time to be determined pending a comprehensive incident review." "Every reputable health institution says wearing a mask is one of the most effective things people can do to protect others from contracting COVID-19, especially in places like an aircraft where social distancing is a challenge," said Toby Enqvist, United's chief customer officer, said in a press release. "We have been requiring our customers to wear masks onboard United aircraft since May 4 and we have been pleased that the overwhelming majority of passengers readily comply with our policy." "Today's announcement is an unmistakable signal that we're prepared to take serious steps, if necessary, to protect our customers and crew," Enqvist added. Flight attendants will inform passengers of the policy, offer to provide a mask, and warn them of the potential consequences before further action is taken, the airline said. A final decision about the passenger's status with the airline will be made at a later point, and not on board. "Wearing a mask is a critical part of helping make air travel safer," Dr. James Merlino, chief clinical transformation officer at the Cleveland Clinic, said in the press release. The Cleveland Clinic is advising United on sanitary and risk-reduction procedures during the pandemic. "The more people in a given space wearing masks, the fewer viral particles are making it into the space around them, decreasing exposure and risk," Dr. Merlino added.SEE ALSO: The airline industry is starting to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but a second wave could be a catastrophe Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
Flying private has long been the status symbol of the wealthy due to the luxury associated...Flying private has long been the status symbol of the wealthy due to the luxury associated with the practice but the decision to avoid commercial flights may now be the responsible choice for those who can afford it. As airlines are struggling to reconcile rising passenger numbers with social distancing policies, flights are returning to their previous load factors and some travelers aren't happy about it. More travelers who absolutely have to fly utilizing private aviation would ease pressure on the airlines while supporting a general aviation industry in dire need of assistance. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Travel shaming is becoming one of the newest trends on social media with outraged passengers documenting their full flights and blaming the airlines and fellow passengers for not following social distancing guidelines. It's typically an act in three parts: a passenger complains about their full flight, social media users respond by pointing out that the original poster is contributing to the flight being full and can choose not to travel, and then the airline steps in to basically say they're doing their best. While most US airlines have implemented social distancing-friendly policies such as blocking middle seats or requiring face coverings, those measures are quickly becoming obsolete as states begin to loosen lockdowns and travel resumes. Rising passenger numbers from the Transportation Security Administration show more people are ready to return to the skies and revenue-desperate airlines have been forced to make compromises to well-intentioned policies. A clear alternative to crowded airplanes and ever-changing airline policies is flying private. Having the entire plane to oneself and select others reduces the overall risk of proximity spread and comes with plenty of additional benefits while indirectly helping commercial flyers. It's not for many — flying private is still a staple of the wealthy jet-setting class. But private jet flying may now be the socially conscious way to travel for those who can afford to do so as to leave commercial airplane seats empty for those who can't. Flying private is safer — for everyone Flying private is already regarded as a safer form of travel due to significantly fewer touchpoints in any given journey, though personal protective equipment should still be worn. But even social distancing is easier as flyers can drive right up to a plane at most airports without enduring a security screening and have their transportation waiting planeside when they land. The conveniences of private aviation amid a pandemic are no longer just for the benefit of the flyer but for all around them, especially airport workers. The industry is built on convenience and discretion, an upside to which includes flyers never coming into contact with most of the workers that support their flights, unlike the commercial setting that requires interaction with check-in agents, gate agents, security screeners, and other personnel. Private jet companies are also now taking measures to sanitize aircraft using enhanced cleaning techniques and antimicrobial coatings. The wealthy have this safer alternative at their disposal but they're just not taking advantage of it. Pre-pandemic data from a McKinsey webinar on May 15 touted by private aviation leaders and viewed by Business Insider estimated that 90% of individuals with the means to fly private choose not to. Industry CEOs told Business Insider that one reason for this trend is that not every person with means can justify the cost of a private charter to themselves, even if they can afford it. A weekend trip to Florida from New York can cost around $30,000 while even a one-night trip from New York to California can cost upwards of $50,000. In the past, that might have been reason enough to stick to first class but now, every person that opts to stay off a commercial flight is alleviating the pressure on an industry that hasn't quite figured out a long-term solution and easing the minds of travelers that have no alternative but to fly commercial. The wealthy can aid social distancing on commercial flights by staying off them In the early days of the pandemic, social distancing in the skies was not a problem as only a small fraction of the traveling public was taking to the skies. Reports of empty flights or flights departing with only one passenger filled social media and one could easily keep six feet apart from a flight-mate if need be. But those days are quickly ending if they're not already gone, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics. May 22 saw the US reach the greatest number of passengers passing through TSA security checkpoints since late-March at 348,673. That followed 318,449 the day before and in the days since the total number of commercial passengers never dropped below 250,000. In the face of rising passenger numbers, some airlines have abandoned their initial policies. United Airlines, for example, had initially announced the airline would block middle seats but a social media post from a flyer onboard a packed flight days later revealed that policy wasn't being followed. The airline, instead, offered passengers the opportunity to change flights for free if their flight was filing up, a policy similarly offered by American Airlines. But the special accommodations won't last just as the initial policy from United didn't; and the allure of increased gains for revenue-strapped airlines will ultimately lead right back to crowded flights, with or without a vaccine. There's a larger economic case for flying private overlooked by the industry's critics Utilizing private aviation also comes with strong economic benefits in addition to safety at a time when the aviation industry needs it the most. While those onboard private jets may be wealthy, the industry that supports every flight is comprised of blue-collar workers. Transportation and material moving occupations, according to May 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, yield an annual mean wage of $42,280 and a median hourly wage of $15.95 out of 73,560 employees. A 2020 PricewaterhouseCoopers study sponsored by industry associations also found that general aviation, of which private aircraft charter is key, contributed $246.8 billion in 2018's economic output and supported nearly 1.2 million jobs in the US alone. Without private flights, those numbers will fall just as they did for the airlines that have already begun furloughing and laying off workers. The climate is still a concern Flying on a private aircraft comes with its own environmental consequences that can't be ignored, despite the economic and health benefits. As reported by Bloomberg, carbon dioxide emissions from private planes are 20-times greater per passenger mile than a commercial airliner. That's not because private planes are more inefficient than airliners but because fewer people are onboard the plane to share the heavy environmental burden. In order to safeguard the environment, travel should still be limited and unnecessary jet-setting should still be discouraged. If travel is a necessity, private flyers should pay to offset their emissions and private aviation companies preparing for an uptick in travel should encourage their customers to do so to ensure compliance as we move into a new era of responsible travel. While it's not the responsibility of the wealthy to help airlines ease back into pre-pandemic service levels, societal elites have access to a private form of travel that most commercial flyers could only dream of. For most travelers, the alternatives are to stay home or drive but the upper class can easily opt to fly private instead of contributing to crowded flights and actually be doing so in the interest of public health. Prior to the pandemic, flying private was viewed as a show of excess but in a turn of events that only a pandemic could bring, it just might be the responsible choice for those who can afford it, especially for the sake of those who can't. 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The player, who was not named in the suit, said the woman sitting next to him...The player, who was not named in the suit, said the woman sitting next to him on a redeye flight from Los Angeles to Newark also ripped off the face mask that he was wearing to protect against the coronavirus.