ST. LOUIS — More than 200 Trans World Airlines flight attendants are about to go back to work, nearly 11 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that caused an airline industry slowdown and cost tens of thousands of jobs.
The recall of 211 workers announced Thursday means that for the first time since 9/11, there won't be a single former TWA attendant on furlough. The recall is effective Nov. 17.
American Airlines bought St. Louis-based TWA just months before the hijackings. In the subsequent downturn, American slashed 2,500 jobs. TWA attendants, who lost their seniority in the takeover, were the first cut.
“This has always been about fairness for these workers, and I'm thrilled that they'll now have the opportunity to return to their jobs,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who helped broker the deal.
American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is rebuilding itself under bankruptcy protection and has offered buyouts to hundreds of flight attendants and other employees. Spokesman Bruce Hicks said the recall of former TWA attendants would “ensure we remain adequately staffed throughout this process.”
“We welcome our flight attendants back to service and recognize they play an integral role in providing an outstanding onboard experience for our customers,” Hicks said.