Flight Attendants Face an Unsure Future
“My grandma flew in times when it was super glamorous,” said Ms. Ticknor, 29 years old. “She took movie actors on her planes. She had to quit because she married my grandpa, and you couldn’t be married and be a stewardess. My mother was a gate agent and had the same experience. She met a lot of famous people. We always went on vacation because we always flew for free. “
Early in her career, Ms. Ticknor, who lives in Denver, enjoyed the freedom to travel. Now that she is the mother of two, she values the flexibility of the job. “I can spend a lot of time with them, but my husband also has a lot of time with them when I’m on a trip,” she said.
Ms. Ticknor has not flown since March when she was pregnant with her second child. Now she’s not sure when she will do it again. In the meantime, she has applied for other jobs; Her husband is self-employed and therefore the main insurance for her family. “We just had a baby and we have doctor’s appointments for her almost monthly that we can’t go to unless I can find a full-time job that can get us health insurance,” she said.
Like many of her colleagues in the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, she has called and emailed her representatives every day. She even joined Twitter to speak out for her profession.
“You have a chance to keep your job,” said Ms. Ticknor. “You do not do that. They do. It went back and forth almost every day. The Republicans say it’s the Democrats and the Democrats say it’s the Republicans. It’s hard to keep up with who’s on our side, if anyone is. “
“Our office view is a beautiful blue sky with white, puffy clouds.”
A few years after joining American Airlines, Allie Malis decided to take on a role with an American Airlines union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. As a government affairs officer, she has fought to expand the Payroll Support Program.