Flight attendants have demanded Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) remove welcome posters that were put up for the National Rifle Association annual convention following the tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas last Tuesday.
Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) says her office has been inundated with calls from flight attendants over the posters which read: ‘Welcome to Houston 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits’.
Nelson, who is often described as the most powerful flight attendant in the United States, says passengers have also expressed concern over the welcome posters which were put up after 19 children and two adults were gunned down and killed in a classroom in Robb Elementary School.
The NRA decided to go ahead with its 151st annual convention in Houston from May 27 to May 29, 2022, despite fierce criticism by gun control campaigners who have lashed out at the NRA’s intense lobbying in opposition of additional gun legislation.
In an open letter to the Director of Aviation for Houston Airports, Nelson said the NRA welcome posters were “triggering following the horrific tragedy in Uvalde.”
“A small number of workers and passengers traversing IAH this weekend will be attendees of the NRA convention, but so will hundreds of thousands of Americans who are horrified by recent events and the NRA’s role in facilitating the ongoing scrouge of gun violence in America”.
“Our union has already received numerous horrified messages from flight attendants and the public about the signs in IAH welcoming the NRA to Houston,” Nelson wrote.
“As the mother of a sixth-grader and a person of good conscience, I too would be horrified to finds signs welcoming this event just days after the mass murder of innocent children and their teachers just a few hundreds miles away”.
“The Houston Airport System has no obligation to cause further discomfort or trauma to hundreds of thousands of aviation workers and passengers on behalf of the organizers and attendees of this event,” the letter continued.
The Association of Flight Attendants represents more than 50,000 flight attendants including crew members at United Airline which has a major hub in Houston. In 2018, a United captain lost his daughter when she was shot and killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
At the time, the NRA proposed routinely arming teachers rather than supporting measures that could reduce the number of guns in the community. Nelson compares the policy suggestion against the weapons ban on U.S. airliners.
“We know that adding guns to Americans’ workplaces will not make them safer,” Nelson wrote.
The labor activist has become increasingly outspoken and recently slammed the Supreme Court over its draft abortion rights ruling.
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