US Airways F/A found murdered in Mexico City hotel room

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  1. Lufthansa Flyer
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    +1 :(
     
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    Indeed. :( Looks like that hotel has to up their security...
     
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    Indeed. My condolences to the family-both his and his family at US :(
     
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    For people who are interested, ABC mentioned it was a Hilton property so it's either the Hilton Mexico City Reforma or the Hilton Mexico City Airport.
     
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    Truly a tragic event, my deepest condolences to his family.
     
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    First of all, condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers ... may he rest in peace.

    A question for our legal eagles: Would this be considered a work-related fatality?
     
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    Sadly, if a lawyer isn't trying to show it is, a lawyer somewhere is trying to show it isn't.

    What does an airline do in a situation like this from a return to the US staffing perspective? Is there usually an extra FA or does US have enough dailies that they can fly a replacement to MEX?
     
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    I don't know the answer, but it would seem not that uncommon of a situation that a scheduled crew member cannot fly because of sickness, so I suspect this isn't a major concern in the context of this tragedy (then again, who knows if the rest of this crew was able to work the return flight or leave the country after hearing the news anyway).
     
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    I have flown with this FA before when I was at US... I am saddened to hear about this and this goes to show that Crew Members need to be protected with more Security in Mexico and all other destinations not deemed safe by the Airline & Unions... This could have been prevented had the company improved Security for Crews, although the Hotel Security was not blamed I find it shocking this happened especially to this person... I cannot disclose the Hotel but the security in place by the Hotel is somewhat questionable...
     
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    "A statement on the union’s website says there doesn’t appear to be a safety breach at the hotel but that crews will stay elsewhere temporarily while on layovers."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...-as-homicide/2011/10/30/gIQAHItXWM_story.html

    Article also says it's a downtown Hilton
     
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    Yes but I have documentation that Crews have complained about this Hotel for a while now... So it will be interesting to see what the "final conclusive report" is come out of Mexico City on this...
     
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    The actual wording on the union website strikes me as rather strange:

    "Preliminary findings do not indicate a safety breach at the hotel. Therefore, we do not believe our crew members are at risk. However, until this matter is resolved, layover crews will be temporarily relocated to an alternative location. "

    http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4042/c/663/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=59720

    In any case, my condolences to the FA's friends and family.
     
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    Very sad indeed.

    Do crew members always have individual accommodations during overnight stays? For destinations with known safety issues, would it be better to put up crew in shared accommodations, foregoing privacy for added security?
     
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    It might be considered to be covered if he were a sailor (Jones Act), but I'm not sure how it works out as a flight attendant.
     
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    We all have individual accommodations for privacy reasons... Foregoing it might not add security at all but it's also a contractual thing.
     
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