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Plane Queer"Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants"$
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Phil Tiemeyer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274761

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274761.001.0001

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Queer Equality in the Age of Neoliberalism

Queer Equality in the Age of Neoliberalism

(p.194) Chapter Eight Queer Equality in the Age of Neoliberalism
Plane Queer

Phil Tiemeyer

University of California Press

Chapter 8 examines the increasingly gay-friendly era since the 1990s, during the peak of America’s neoliberal economic order. Queer flight attendants in this era have won more benefits, including flight privileges and health benefits for their domestic partners. Yet just as they have attained parity with their straight peers, all of them have endured unprecedented pay cuts and the loss of collective bargaining power. Along these lines, I consider the plight of disgruntled Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater, who in 2010 walked off his job by deploying the plane’s emergency slide. Slater embodies how male flight attendants, even if they are no longer discriminated against, experience their work as undignified and underpaid in the era of airline deregulation and bankruptcies.

Keywords:   United Airlines, Equal Benefits Ordinance, San Francisco, Steven Slater, JetBlue, domestic partner benefits, neoliberalism, deregulation, September 11 2001, bankruptcy

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