September 25, 2005, - 11:26 am
By Debbie Schlussel
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), one of two unions of America’s flight attendants, is boycotting “Flight Plan,” and cited my column in their message to all flight attendants.
Friday, September 23, APFA Hotline:
“Syndicated columnist Debbie Schlussel published a scathing review of the latest airline movie, “Flight Plan,” this week, berating the portrayals of a Flight Attendant and Federal Air Marshall as terrorists. She called this an outrage in the face of the heroism of Betty Ong and Amy Sweeney, whom she called heroes for calling ground crews, identifying hijackers rather than calling their own families to say good-bye. She also decried the portrayal of the other non-terrorist Flight Attendants as arrogant, cold, uncaring, lazy and rude.
APFA’s PR specialist, Lori Bassani, is quoted in the article saying, “The portrayal of flight attendants in this movie demonstrates an insensitive and flagrant disregard for the very real challenges facing the front line of defense (the flight attendants) on any aircraft in an emergency situation. Should there be another 9/11, it would be critical for the cabin crew to have the support of their passengers, not the distrust that this movie may engender. Our fellow crewmembers who perished in the line of duty deserve more respect.”
Schlussel calls for a boycott of this movie. We couldn’t agree more – boycott this film!”
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