Prepare for demonstrations at 15+ U.S. airports tomorrow

If you’re planning to fly in the U.S. tomorrow, take notice: At least 15 U.S. airports (so far) will host demonstrations led by airline catering workers, who are seeking action from the three major carriers (AA, Delta and United). Tomorrow’s (Friday, February 14) activity follows similar demonstrations made back on November 26, which included marches and “planned arrests in surrounding streets and terminals of seven airports.” At PHL, for example, 39 people were arrested in November.

The instigating issue remains the same: “American, Delta and United recently reported billions in profit yet again for 2019,” says a Unite Here press release on the planned airport demonstrations. “On February 14th, the day of the planned protests, Delta will distribute a record $1.6 billion to its well-deserving airline employees. Yet, the contracted catering workers who prepare the airline’s first-class meals and ensure its flights are properly stocked for on-time departures will highlight the impossible choices they face to provide health care and pay bills to support their families.”

Though the press release does not name the specific airports, it does says that “protests will take place in cities including”:

  • Charlotte
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle

If November’s protests are any indication of what’s planned for tomorrow, flyers can expect to encounter activity and congestion—and hopefully nothing more. Flight disruptions are of course possible but not expected (nor explicitly desired by the catering workers). In general, anyone flying tomorrow should simply arrive at the airport prepared, informed, and above all with more time than usual.

Read more about the stated motivations behind the protests in the press release here.


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