How Airlines Combated Human Trafficking at Super Bowl

In Airlines, Airports, travel by Lena Yang2 Comments

Modern day slavery? It exists.

With the passing of one of the biggest sporting events of the year, federal officials worked with the travel industry and transportation providers to combat human trafficking. Because of the large influx of visitors to a specific location, human traffickers see major sporting events such the Super Bowl as an opportunity to slip in international or even domestic adults and children.

So, what impact do airports and airlines have and how can they create more awareness to combat this crime?

Many victims are transported from place to place on commercial planes, in plain sight. Therefore, there is a growing concern for airlines to get involved. Flight attendants play key roles because they are trained to help identify and rescue victims of human trafficking by looking for indicators. Some red flags include travelers who do not seem to know where they are headed, children who are traveling with adults who are not their parents, and passports from different countries. While providing friendly customer service, attendants can gather information without being made.

San Francisco International Airport was the first airport to train its staff to recognize human trafficking.

Last fall, Delta Air Lines was the first carrier to implement an anti-human trafficking training program.

Some airlines do not mention human trafficking in training because it may reflect badly on their brands. However, I strongly believe in the exact opposite. Doing so will not only be beneficial for combating this crime, but also for an airline’s public relations.

Hopefully with the combined effort of air travel and other transportation providers, we will no longer have to label the Super Bowl as the largest human trafficking event in the future.

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Comments

  1. Neville

    I have only just read your article. I presented Project Starfish at the IATA World airlines conference in Istanbul on the very subject of human trafficking. By raising awareness within the industry and using a customer services approach cabin crew supported by their airlines and airport are the gate keepers local to global. Human trafficking is serious organised crime. We all need to play our part. Well done for raising this issue.

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