Flight Crews Get Rough

Cockpit doors have been hardened and passenger screening tightened, and pilots may soon even get the right to carry guns aboard flights. But one aspect of airline security has not improved since Sept. 11, according to a flight attendants' group: defense training for flight crews. "Every day flight attendants go to work as unprepared for an attack as we were on Sept. 10, 2001," says Patricia Friend, head of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), which represents 50,000 at 26 airlines. Although Congress mandated last November that flight attendants receive cabin-defense training, the AFA claims the training has been inadequate: classes...

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