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Delta Honored for Its Anti-Trafficking Initiatives

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After training flight attendants to recognize signs of human trafficking, American carrier Delta Air Lines was named a major winner of the Stop Slavery Award on Thursday. Other major winners included British retail bank HSBC UK, supermarket Aldi UK and Australian jeans maker Outland Denim.

Increased concern over human trafficking has led to businesses of all kinds to divulge what actions they take in order to ensure their supply chains are free from slave labor. The awards are designed to recognize companies for their efforts and encourage more businesses to join the fight against trafficking.

Delta won in the campaign category of the global anti-slavery award. The airline was also praised for its apprenticeship program, which teaches survivors professional skills and offers them jobs.

“Our work is motivated by each survivor story we hear and the 90,000 passionate Delta employees who make hope for freedom possible,” said Allison Ausband, senior vice president of in-flight service and head of Delta’s anti-trafficking committee.

Winners are determined through independent specialists who evaluate the company submissions on the strength of anti-trafficking policies already in place, as well as their ability to identify and respond to problems.

According to the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 25 million people globally are trapped in forced labor. Forced labor is commonly found in factories, farms and fishing boats.

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Airline Travel Hits a 10-Year Low

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Saying that demand for air travel is declining at a rate quicker than airlines are even trimming capacity, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says traveling by plane has hit a 10-year low.

As the spread of the coronavirus continues to play havoc with everyday life, airlines are feeling the brunt and trimming flight schedules nearly every day. In fact, with the apex of the virus approaching for New York City, United just announced it is dramatically cutting back service in and out of NYC-area airports.

According to the TSA, airport security checkpoints screened fewer than 125,000 people nationwide on Thursday, April 2. That’s less than 5 percent of the 2.4 million people, including both passengers and crew members, who passed through TSA checkpoints on the same day last year.

Overall, the TSA reported that passenger counts are down about 92 percent – and “passenger traffic is falling much faster than they [airlines] can cut capacity.” In March, TSA screened just under half of the passengers it did in March 2019.

Airlines must continue to keep a minimum of flights and move cargo, as per government provisions of the bailout that was part of the stimulus package.

CNN reported that as a result of the drop in demand, about 20 percent of the US commercial aviation fleet – some 1,200 planes – are parked and have not been used in the last seven days, according to data from Airlines for America. Some airlines have decided to retire older aircraft ahead of schedule.

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