The "Friendly Skies" fight trafficking

Airlines combat trafficking

American Airlines identifies telltale signs:

It was three years ago (2016) that airlines began training flight attendants to identify signs that a person might be a victim of human trafficking.  Business recently interviewed American Airlines employees about these signs.  The list includes:

  • A young passenger and an adult are traveling together but don't look alike and don't have the same last name.

  • A young passenger is traveling without luggage.

  • An adult traveling companion does not allow a young passenger to place a drink order or talk to the flight attendant about where he or she is traveling.

  • A young passenger is constantly being watched by an adult companion.

  • When asked about his or her trip, a young passenger's answers frequently change.

  • A young passenger's hand stays very close to an adult's hand, possibly concealing a handcuff.

  • A young passenger won't acknowledge or make eye contact with the flight attendant.

  • A young passenger can't go to the bathroom without being accompanied by an adult.

Brady Byrnes, managing director of flight-service recruitment, training, and administration for American Airlines further explained, "If they suspect a passenger may be a victim of human trafficking, American Airlines flight attendants are trained to report their concerns to the flight's captain, who can contact the airline's system-operations-control employees to find out more about the backgrounds of the potential victim and his or her companion, like if they have one-way tickets."

We're glad to know that the "friendly skies" are watching out for potential trafficking victims. Well done!

Delta Air Lines donates more than 100 flights, $2.5 million to help human trafficking survivors

According to an August 12, 2019 USA Today article"Delta Air Lines has given more than 100 flights to help fly human trafficking survivors through mileage donation program SkyWish and has now committed an additional $1.5 million to Polaris, the operator of the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

The funding will help Polaris with human trafficking data analysis aimed at curbing human trafficking in the U.S. and will help ensure the hotline has staff working to answer the 200 to 300 contacts made every day. 

Delta has worked on a number of initiatives to help bring awareness to human trafficking, including an in-flight video, giving survivors mentorship and career development opportunities and training employees on how to spot and report human trafficking. Delta had previously donated $1 million to Polaris in 2017. There has been a 36% increase in survivor contacts since then."

"The problem of human trafficking has to be aggressively combatted from every angle, and for Delta that means getting our nearly 200 million customers and 80,000 employees onboard in the fight," said Allison Ausband, senior vice president of in-flight service at Delta and leader of the company's executive steering committee against human trafficking. "We all have a role to play and can make a difference."

Kudos to Delta Air Lines!

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