CUPE flight attendants: not as helpless and unmotivated as their office-bound brethren

Notwithstanding the fact that the attendants’ calm and level-headed response is largely the result of company training and simple human compassion, this is still a good and commendable deed:

CUPE’s national officers commended five CUPE flight attendants at CanJet for their work during the hostage-taking in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on April 19 and 20, 2009.  Five flight attendants were among the eight crew members and 159 passengers held captive by a lone gunman at Sangster International Airport.

Passengers on the flight heaped praise on the flight crew for calming the gunman down and convincing him to let the passengers off the plane.

— CUPE statement, “CUPE flight attendants helped end hijacking“, Aviation.ca, April 22nd, 2009.

I am now making a mental note to momentarily refrain from rhetorically kicking CUPE in the nads the next time they capriciously inconvenience the Canadian public.

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