‘You know that your dream’s ending’: Flight attendants bid tearful goodbyes amid furloughs

Rheanna Lawson, 29, knew she was going to be out of work once her employer American Airlines warned of furloughs in mid-July. She hadn’t been with the company very long, only two-and-a-half years.

“I was actually on a trip with four of my other flight attendant friends (in San Diego), and we all just kind of sat there like … we were all just kind of stunned, realizing that our futures were all up in the air,” Lawson told USA TODAY.

Now, the day the airline industry didn’t want to see coming is here: Oct. 1, when 32,000 American Airlines and United Airlines employees are set to be furloughed after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

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