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US Airport Strike

Updated on 25 November 2019

The Situation:

Unite Here, which represents airline catering workers, planned demonstrations at 18

airports including, but not limited to, those in Charlotte, Chicago (ORD), Dallas, Denver,

Detroit, Honolulu, Houston (IAH), Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, New York

(JFK), Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington National


The union expects the number of demonstrators at each airport to range from about 200 to

as many as 1,000 at JFK.

The demonstrations represent the union’s latest effort to secure improvements in pay,

health care and working conditions for airport caterers, who prepare the food for onboard


Flight delays and cancellations are possible.

Possible Effects:

  • Delayed or cancelled flights

  • Protests or demonstrations at airports, which may draw large crowds

  • Traffic delays and blocked roads, especially near airports

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Check with airport to confirm flight status before departure

  • Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local media and news for updates

  • Enroll in a safe traveler program to receive warning from your preferred embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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