Americans for Fair Skies’ Statement on APFA’s Open Letter to Actress Nicole Kidman

Washington D.C. (April 2, 2015) – This morning, Laura Glading, President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), sent a letter to actress Nicole Kidman requesting she step back from her prominent role in an advertising campaign for Etihad Airways – a company the Wall Street Journal has publicly reported ‘may fire women if they become pregnant’ and forces flight attendants to live in ‘confinement’ in secure compounds.[1] Americans for Fair Skies supports fair labor practices and has released the following statement in response to the letter from APFA:

“Ms. Kidman, a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, is a strong advocate for global women’s rights and we find her appearance in an advertising campaign for an airline well known for its discriminatory practices towards those it employs to be both puzzling and unsettling. We support the APFA in their request that Ms. Kidman cease her relationship with Etihad Airways and hope she will instead choose to continue using her considerable talent and fame to support female workers, and all workers in need of fair labor practices, both in this instance and around the world.”

Americans for Fair Skies is a grassroots coalition, established with the aim of restoring fairness to our Open Skies policies. They are asking the U.S. government to take action regarding the subsidy violations of the Open Skies Agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Learn more at fairskies.wpengine.com.

[1] “Persian Gulf Airlines Groom New, Global Flight Crews,” Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2014: http://www.wsj.com/articles/persian-gulf-airlines-groom-new-global-flight-crews-1417646586