10/07/2005

Flight attendants outraged over Jodie Foster film - Sep. 29, 2005

[New] Jodie Foster film ..portrays a flight attendant and a U.S. air marshal as terrorists... other flight attendants in the film are shown as being "rude, unhelpful and uncaring."

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Labor unions representing most of the nation's 90,000 flight attendants have urged their members to boycott a new Jodie Foster film that portrays a flight attendant and a U.S. air marshal as terrorists.

They said casting cabin crew members as villains in the movie "Flightplan" was irresponsible in light of heightened security concerns since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, in which suicide hijackers used airliners as guided missiles.

The Walt Disney Co. (Research) film, which was the No. 1 release at the North American box office last weekend, stars Foster as an airline passenger who awakens from an in-flight nap to find her young daughter missing. It turns out that one of the flight attendants aboard is involved in a terrorist plot hatched by the plane's air marshal.

A union statement issued on Tuesday also complained that other flight attendants in the film are shown as being "rude, unhelpful and uncaring."

"This depiction of flight attendants is an outrage," said Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) International President Patricia Friend. "Flight attendants continue to be the first line of defense on an aircraft and put their lives on the line day after day for the safety of passengers."

An AFA spokeswoman in Washington said the unions worry that moviegoers will take away impressions that will make it more difficult for flight attendants to "earn the trust and respect of passengers."

"It's just so irresponsible," the spokeswoman, Corey Caldwell, told Reuters on Wednesday.

Flight attendants outraged over Jodie Foster film - Sep. 29, 2005

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