The independent Association of Professional Flight Attendants represents cabin crew at American Airlines. They have been dysfunctional for years and to Sara Nelson, the supposed ‘most powerful flight attendant in America,’ they look like a juicy target for her Association of Flight Attendants which is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America and AFL-CIO.
American Airlines has been promising flight attendants face masks that match their uniforms, but has been slow to deliver. For now they have to wear their own. Of course it was only late March when the airline stopped disciplining flight attendants who wore masks.
The AFA-CWA is now mailing masks to American Airlines flight attendants. I’ve been sent multiple photos of these masks.
Former APFA President Lori Bassani has asked American flight attendants to report if they’ve received AFA masks. It’s unclear why certain flight attendants have received them while others have not. There was some speculation that they went to cabin crew who had signed ‘raid cards’ supporting AFA’s representation of flight attendants at the airline, however that does not appear to be the case.
Update: The AFA’s Taylor Garland acknowledges that “a few American Flight Attendants got the[ masks]” suggesting that they went to legacy US Airways flight attendants who are “lifetime members of our union.” She characterized the masks as “a simple thank you.”
Then, in a subsequent statement, she suggests the masks were sent to flight attendants who opted into a healthcare task force and not to others.