After the ‘Walkout’: Air crews defend the right to a safe flight


With simultaneous demonstrations at airports in more than 18 countries, distribution of flyers and media engagement, air crews demanded swift action from EU policy-makers and national Transport Ministers to amend the proposed flight time limitations.

From Larnaca (Cyprus) to Keflavik International Airport (Iceland) between 2.500 and 3.000 pilots and cabin crew distributed flyers, flowers, badges and t-shirts to passengers and colleagues at airports. But most importantly: they talked to passengers and explained why aircrew fatigue is so dangerous.

In Brussels, a delegation of pilots and cabin crew met with the cabinet of EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas to hand over a Safety Petition with more than 100.000 signatures [1] A copy of the Safety Petition was also handed over to the Chair of the EU Parliament Transport Committee, MEP Brian Simpson. In the UK, a delegation of pilots handed over a dossier of evidence to Number 10 Downing Street, the Department for Transport and the CAA.

Almost simultaneously to the protests and actions, EASA, the agency responsible for ensuring highest safety levels in EU, dubbed the demonstrations as a “disinformation campaign”, which echoed widely the press release from the airlines.

Pictures from the demonstrations across Europe are available on flickr and a selection is available on

[1] Number of signatures by 24 Jan 12:00 is 103.646