Association of Professional Flight Attendants president Laura Glading said radio show host Glenn Beck is jeopardizing the livelihood of a flight attendant with his on-air comments about the service he received on an American Airlines flight last weekend.
“The APFA will not allow Mr. Beck, or anyone else for that matter, to use a bully pulpit to jeopardize the livelihood of an American worker. There are two sides to this story," Glading said in the statement. "The incident is currently being investigated by company management and they have our full cooperation. Everyone, regardless of politics or opinions towards the American labor movement, deserves and receives courteous and professional service from the flight crews of American Airlines.”
Beck continued to discuss his flight experience on his show on Wednesday. He said American should fire the flight attendant and vows to never fly on American again. (Note: American operates 85 percent of the flights out of DFW Airport, the closest airport to Beck's home in Westlake.)
In the Associated Press story posted Wednesday: "These big, stodgy airlines that think they can treat people like garbage - they can't," Beck said during a 14-minute segment on Wednesday's show. He suggested that such poor service could explain why American had to seek bankruptcy protection, yet insisted that he wasn't trying to hurt American and wasn't urging fans to boycott the airline.