Association of Flight Attendants issues statement on Orlando killings

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO International President Sara Nelson has issued a statement about the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the company said.

“The Association of Flight Attendants joins together as one, heads bowed in mourning for the victims of the massacre in Orlando. It appears the gunman targeted our LGBTQ community, acting on an unfathomable level of hatred. As a union that has long championed the rights of LGBTQ workers, we will not allow the victims to be defined by their killer. These were ordinary people in every respect — neighbors, friends, co-workers, family. They deserved to be embraced by love, not cut down by hate.

“We note with sadness, and much anger, the current atmosphere in our country. Hate has crept back into the public debate, even as progress has been made toward equality. Public officials, pastors and TV personalities preach hate, exclusion, xenophobia. Their hate speech cannot be allowed to drown out the love we feel for all people, and the equality upon which our nation was founded.”

The Association of Flight Attendants is the largest flight attendant union. Focused 100 percent on flight attendant issues, AFA has advanced the flight attendant profession for 70 years.