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Flight attendants say airlines have failed to address sexual harassment in the skies

By Arthur Mivule

MAY 12, 2018 | 8:00 AM

In a survey of more than 3,500 flight attendants from U.S. airlines, 35% of respondents said they have experienced verbal harassment. (Dreamstime / TNS)

Despite the growth of the #MeToo movement, nearly 1 in 5 flight attendants say they have been the victims of physical sexual harassment in the last year — and have seen no efforts by their managers to address the problem.
A survey of more than 3,500 flight attendants from 29 airlines in the U.S. found that 35% of flight attendants say they have experienced verbal harassment, with 18% saying they have been physically abused by passengers over the last year.
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According to the survey released by the Assn. of Flight Attendants-CWA, 68% of flight attendants have experienced some form of sexual harassment during their careers. But only 7% of flight attendances who have experienced abuse have reported it, the survey found.
Those flight attendants who have been physically harassed say it includes having their breasts, buttocks and crotch area “touched, felt, pulled, grabbed, groped, slapped, rubbed and fondled,” according to the survey.
More than two-thirds of flight attendants say they noticed no efforts by their employers to address the problem in the last year.
“Flight attendants must be confident that airline executives will back them up when they respond to and report harassment of crew and passengers,” said Sara Nelson, president of the association, which represents 50,000 flight attendants from 20 airlines.
Harassment of flight attendants is nothing new. In decades past, flight attendants were nearly all young women who often were forced to wear tight, revealing outfights. Today, flight attendants — about 20% are men — are considered the first line of defense during an onboard emergency, Nelson said.
Some airlines have taken action against harassment.
About a month ago, Alaska Airlines Chief Executive Brad Tilden dispatched an online post to his employees, saying the carrier is adding training to help protect flight attendants and passengers from being the victims of assault or harassment.
“To be clear, sexual harassment and assault have absolutely no place in our workplace, on board our flights, or any place,” he said in the post.
Delta Air Lines says it has also added training for new and existing employees to cut back on such incidents.
The chief executives of United Airlines, American Airlines and Spirit Airlines have issued messages to their employees in the past few months, condemning harassment in the workplace.
The nation’s airlines have adopted no industrywide policy for addressing passengers who harass flight attendants. If the harassment is extreme, crew members can accuse a passenger of interfering with the duties of the crew on a commercial flight — a federal crime that can result in civil or criminal penalties, said Taylor Garland, a spokeswoman for the flight attendants union.
Alaska Airlines took a different approach to the problem earlier this year when it banned a San Diego man from flying on the carrier following allegations that he harassed a flight attendant — an accusation he said is unfounded and is “reverse discrimination against men.”
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@arthurmivule97– CHINA IS OPENING THE WORLD’S LONGEST SEA BRIDGE — AND IT CONTAINS ENOUGH STEEL TO BUILD 60 EIFFEL TOWERS

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China is opening the world’s longest sea bridge — and it contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers
Leanna Garfield | 17:55 | 04.04.2018
China will soon unveil its controversial megaproject, a 34-mile-long bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau, and the mainland. Here’s what it looks like.

» more The undersea tunnel of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, in Zhuhai, China, March 28, 2018. (AP)
China is the midst of several megaprojects that will transform its cities.

Over the next decade, China plans to encourage 250 million people (29 times New York City’s population) to move into the country’s growing megacities. To cope with that huge migration, the country has invested tens of billions of dollars in giant infrastructure projects.

This month, China will open its most ambitious megaproject yet, a bridge that connects Hong Kong, Macau, and the mainland’s southern city of Zhuhai. Stretching 34 miles, it’s the world’s longest cross-sea bridge, according to the AFP. Take a look:

Called the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the project is expected to cut travel time in half.

» more Called the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the project is expected to cut travel time in half. (AP)
Source: Al Jazeera

Commuters will be able to travel across the Pearl River Estuary from Macau to Hong Kong in about an hour.

A street in Hong Kong. (Wikimedia Commons)
Source: AFP

Here’s a map of the route:

Here’s a map of the route: (AP)

The bridge features six lanes and four tunnels, one of which is underwater.

» more The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge was under construction for seven years in China. (Reuters)

China also built four artificial islands to support the structure.

» more China also built four artificial islands to support the structure. (AP)

Touted as an “engineering wonder,” the bridge is made of 420,000 tons of steel — enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers.

» more Touted as an “engineering wonder,” the bridge is made of 420,000 tons of steel — enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers. (AP)

Some sections have slight inclines.

» more The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge in China. (AP)

Some 40,000 vehicles are expected to use the bridge daily, including shuttle buses running at 10-minute intervals.

» more Some 40,000 vehicles are expected to use the bridge daily, including shuttle buses running at 10-minute intervals. (AP)

Pedestrians will not be able to cross the bridge, nor will bicyclists; it’s just for cars.

» more Pedestrians will not be able to cross the bridge, nor will bicyclists; it’s just for cars. (AP)

Officials say the bridge will be up and running for 120 years.

» more Officials say the bridge will be up and running for 120 years. (AP)

The price is unclear; local outlets report its construction will cost $15 billion.

» more The price is unclear; local outlets report its construction will cost $15 billion. (Reuters)

The project has faced controversy because of its expensive price, construction delays, alleged corruption, and worker-safety concerns. Two workers died and 19 more were charged with faking concrete-test reports.

» more The project has faced controversy because of its expensive price, construction delays, alleged corruption, and worker-safety concerns. Two workers died and 19 more were charged with faking concrete-test reports. (AP)
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

Construction lasted seven years. The 2012 photo below shows artificial islands China built for the bridge near Lantau Island, in Hong Kong.

» more Construction lasted seven years. The 2012 photo below shows artificial islands China built for the bridge near Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. (AP)

China is already home to (now the second) longest sea bridge, which spans 26.3 miles. Completed in 2011, the $1.5 billion structure links the eastern coastal city of Qingdao to the suburb of Huangdao.

» more Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is seen in Qingdao, Shandong province, in this general view taken June 27, 2011. (Reuters)
Source: NPR

The new bridge is one of two big transportation projects that will open in the region this year. By 2019, China’s high-speed rail system is set to grow by 2,180 miles.

» more Hundreds of high-speed trains at a maintenance base wait to set out on the first day of the 40-day Spring Festival Travel Peak, February 1, 2018, in Wuhan, China. (Getty Images)
Source: The Telegraph

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