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United Airlines cancels flight attendants for the brokering better flights

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In a rare move, both United Airlines and the Association of flight Attendants (AFA), have issued statements warning flight attendants to stop fraudulent trade or the choice of air travel to work on, at the risk of dismissal.

According to the airline’s full memo, frustrated staff reporting allegations of “illegal trip brokering” orchestrated in part through social media through the last couple of months, in which the Chicago-based carrier for the launch of an internal investigation.

Although flight attendants are legally allowed to switch trips with each other to ensure full coverage in the high skies, Fast Company reports, brokering trade routes for personal gain is prohibited.

Both United Airlines and the Association of flight Attendants have issued statements warning flight attendants to stop fraudulent trade or the choice of air travel to buy or sell among each other, at the risk of dismissal.
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“These transactions are not the problem. What we are addressing is the growing problem of the selection, the trade, or the parking of a link to the broker, to buy or to sell to another flight attendant,” the United memo, released on 22 March begins.

“A number of the complaints that we received pointed out social media posts that are written by flight Attendants who promised ‘hugs’, ‘the kiss,’ ‘candy canes’, ‘ of ‘appreciation’ and other encrypted temptations in exchange for a link,” the message continues. “Our research confirmed that this is in fact happening, and these moves are violations of our policy.”

“We have zero tolerance for this prohibited behavior. If we discover that it occurs, we will investigate and take appropriate action, including dismissal,” the notification decision.

“We have zero tolerance for this prohibited behavior. If we discover that it occurs, we will investigate and take appropriate action, including dismissal,” the notification decision.
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Also the AFA’s memo released on the following day – acknowledges that, although the flexibility of the air carriers is essential for a sustainable career in the demanding profession of flight service, brokering flights is unethical and will not be tolerated by the union.

“The notion that we can’t always control the events in our lives and that our chosen career often makes it necessary for us to adjust our plans at the last moment, we have negotiated market-leading flexibility to allow us the opportunity to adjust our plans to achieve that necessary balance between work and private life, and care for our families,” the memo states.

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“But what is not is negotiated, the increasing park of links with the intention of broker to buy or sell the link to other flight attendant,” remains. “Our joint collective labour agreement] contains a provision that expressly prohibits parking. Individuals who participate in this activity are creating a disservice to the entire Membership.”

“The time to stop is now,” the notice advises.

As defined by USA Today, a “link” can be defined as the parts of a flight journey, while “the parking of a link” is when flight attendants accept trips that they have “no intention of using.”

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When contacted for reaction, representatives of the United returned to Fox News’ request for additional comment on the story with the following statement:

“We know schedules are very important for our flight attendants, and we work closely with AFA to ensure that our flight attendant scheduling is fair for all of them,” a spokesman said.

In similar headlines, United dismissed 35 employees in March in relation to another “brokering scheme” – for the alleged illegal sale of tickets for those those outside their immediate family and friends, the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.

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