Saturday, January 17, 2009

155 New York lives saved by the Unions! (and reported on by ordinary Tweeple.)

It was interesting to note that, as US blogger emptywheel points out, every single person involved in the recuse of the passengers of the Hudson River flight was a union member.

It just goes to show that the competence, training and professionalism fostered by unions is something that as a society we cannot really put a price on.

Then there are the flight attendants:

One passenger, Elizabeth McHugh, 64, of Charlotte, seated on the aisle near the rear, said flight attendants shouted more instructions: feet flat on the floor, heads down, cover your heads.

They are members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. Yesterday's accident should remind all of us that flight attendants are first and foremost safety professionals--they should not be treated like cocktail waitresses.

Read the article here.

By the way, this photo was taken on a mobile phone by someone and uploaded to Twitter immediately.

As reported in the Guardian by Caitlin Fitzsimmons was all over microblogging website Twitter within minutes. One of the early reports came from New Yorker Janis Krum who wrote: "There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy." Krum also uploaded this pic of the plane floating in the river. Krum was interviewed by MSNBC later yesterday and his pic had more than 100,000 views on TwitPic by this morning.

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