Flight Attendants Return to Work After 9/11

Trans World Airlines workers were the first to go after industry slowdown from the attacks

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012  |  Updated 2:17 PM CDT
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Flight Attendants Return to Work After 9/11

American Airlines purchased Trans World Airlines just months before September 11, 2001.

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More than 200 former Trans World Airlines flight attendants are getting their jobs back nearly 11 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that stymied the airline industry.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, said Thursday she brokered the deal with American Airlines to bring back 211 TWA flight attendants effective Nov. 17.

Just months before 9/11, American Airlines purchased St. Louis-based TWA. American cut 2,500 attendants in the industry slowdown that came in the wake of the attacks.

The TWA workers, who lost their seniority in the takeover, were the first to go.

American Airlines is in bankruptcy protection and has offered buyouts to hundreds of flight attendants. A spokesman says the recall will ensure adequate staffing through that process.

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