The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

United Cabin Crew Refuses to Fly

Apr 20, 2020

A United Airlines flight was cancelled on April 3 after the cabin crew refused to work because of COVID-19 safety issues. One hundred thirty-five passengers had disembarked a Holland-America cruise ship and were scheduled to board the flight from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. Four of the cruise ship’s original passengers had died of the virus and 250 others reported flu-like symptoms.The crew was quick to assess the danger, and took action to protect themselves.

A similar event occurred on March 1 when an American Airlines crew refused to fly from New York’s JFK to Milan due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in Northern Italy.

Airlines are refusing to even provide PPE necessary to protect airline workers. These workers refused to become cannon fodder in their company’s feverish war to crush the competition and juice its bottom line.