The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), which represents close to 60,000 members of cabin crew in the US, has urged the authorities to force airlines to implement measures that reduce the risk of ebola infection.
In a letter to the White House on Friday (October 17), the AFA argued that: “voluntary measures and mere guidance from public health authorities are inadequate to bring this situation under control”.
In its letter, the AFA outlines preventative measures (PDF), such as providing gloves and masks on all flights, that it says should be brought in with immediate effect.
Sara Nelson, AFA international president, warned: “The current Ebola outbreak has created a risk for aviation workers across the country. We cannot sit idly by and wait for the situation to disappear.
Implementing these actions at each of our nation's airlines will also reassure the traveling public and protect our aviation industry.”