Ex-Flight Attendants Blow Whistle On United Over Firings

By Y. Peter Kang (January 9, 2015, 5:04 PM EST) -- A group of 13 flight attendants have filed a whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration against United Airlines for firing them after they refused to fly due to "menacing" graffiti scrawled on the underside of the plane.

While preparing to depart from San Francisco to Hong Kong in July 2014, the crew of the Boeing-747 noticed that someone had written "threatening words and drawn menacing images" in an oil slick on the aircraft's tail cone. The words "BYE BYE" were written alongside two faces, one smiling and the other with a "troubling devilish expression,"...

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