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Airline Employees: The Happy, Helpful, Non-Striking Kind

Dear Rudy,

This note is more of a response to a comment I heard on your show about United flight attendants and mechanics threatening to strike over the holidays.

Recently, in order to fulfill a lifelong dream and to indulge in my favorite pastime, traveling, I became a flight attendant. However, I didn't choose a major carrier. Instead, I went to work for Sky West, which contracts with Delta for Delta Connection in the Rockies and with United for United Express on the West Coast. I've come to understand that there's a lot more going on in the airline industry than just the "Big Guys."

I find it irritating to hear so many stories about pilots, flight attendants and mechanics threatening to strike. There are many more airline employees who are perfectly happy with their companies. Nevertheless, since I fly the United Express section, people are always asking me if I'm planning to strike, or didn't my pilots just strike?

Perhaps there's a good story about smaller airlines with employees who really DO care, who like their jobs, take good care of your baggage, and try their best to get you where you're going.

Wouldn't a positive story about the airline industry be nice for a change? Thanks for listening.




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