Five people arrested for traffic violations during airport protest

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Douglas Airport workers organized near the airport Tuesday morning, protesting for better work conditions.

CMPD told Channel 9 that five people were arrested for not moving when police asked them to, creating a traffic problem.


Pilots, flight attendants, service workers and supporters are asking for better wages, benefits to reduce turnover, and increased safety.

Workers pointed to working in extreme heat during the summer without access to adequate water or healthcare.

“We can’t work in these conditions,” chanted Katie Otten, a cabin cleaner for an airline. “These conditions are unfair. We are treated poorly. We get poor pay. And we need to have a better environment.”

This is part of a nationwide protest organized as the Federal Aviation Association budget looms.

Congress faces a September 30th deadline to fund the FAA.

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