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Southwest Airlines Offering Human-Trafficking Awareness Curriculum to Employees



To highlight the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Southwest Airlines is launching an online curriculum today, aimed at providing its over 59,000 employees with greater awareness about the growing epidemic of human trafficking.

Trafficking operations often rely on legitimate travel methods—both across and within given borders—to transport victims. Recognizing and reporting the signs of such illicit activity represents the first step towards helping to rescue vulnerable people and children from this type of exploitation and enslavement.

To create and provide this new course—which provides not only an overview of the human trafficking crime itself, but tips on how to identify instances of trafficking and advice on actions to be taken in situations where this illegal activity is suspected—Southwest partnered with Polaris, a leader in the global battle to eradicate modern slavery.

Polaris works with government leaders, preeminent technology corporations and local partners to equip communities to identify, report, and prevent human trafficking. Its aim is to systematically disrupt human trafficking networks, leveraging data and advanced technology to pursue and stop traffickers, wherever they operate.

“Southwest operates on the guiding principles of civility and taking care of others with our collective Southwest Heart,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines‘ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to offer Human Trafficking awareness curriculum to the entire Southwest Team so that we can continue our efforts to identify any signs of Human Trafficking that might occur within our industry. This commitment further strengthens our mission of being good caretakers of the Customers and communities that we serve each day.”

To combat Human trafficking, as well as support and connect its survivors, Southwest is also proud to provide both monetary and ticket donations to organizations like Polaris, United Against Human Trafficking, and Rethreaded in order to their important missions to end human trafficking and rehabilitate those victims who’ve escaped modern-day slavery.

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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023



Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.

Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.

IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.

The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.

In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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