Cold

Cold
: A flight attendant who should have been on one of the death flights of September 11 — but who took a vacation day — has been unable to work since but she was just denied workers’ comp. From the Star-Ledger:

This is the legacy of Sept. 11, 2001: Even the lucky ones suffer.

United Airlines flight attendant Kim Stroka had been scheduled to work Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco, but took the day off to look after her daughter. She was on her way to pick up the girl from school when she learned the plane had been hijacked by terrorists and crashed in Shanksville, Pa., killing all aboard.

Distraught that a co-worker had died in her place, Stroka had difficulty eating and sleeping. She could not return to work. A psychologist treated her for post-traumatic stress disorder and a workers’ compensation judge awarded her medical and disability payments.

Yesterday brought her more bad news. A state appeals court ruled Stroka, 43, of Howell is not entitled to collect workers’ compensation because “her disability did not arise in the course of her employment.”

They’re afraid of setting a precedent. Jeesh. The judges and the airline should be ashamed.

  • Gerry

    I’m not so sure about that “ashamed” stuff. Not unless I find more data about the matter. I can understand her upset, but wonder just how long her ‘terror’ and ‘remorse’ lasted – how long her claim ran on. For comparative purposes, just how many other crew members at American and United (or even other airlines) bombed out emotionally at the time, and for how long. Based on previous experience with the occasional airline accident and its aftermath, about none would refuse work as cockpit crew, but flight attendants were another matter. Emoting and terrified FAs were few, but obvious and loud. It should be clear that probably 1,000s of airline flight personnel actually KNEW crew members killed by the terrorists on 9/11. Most just ‘stiff upper lipped it’ later, when flying resumed.
    Maybe later one could judge this particular case of “PTSD” (if that is really what it is). G
    I have above my monitor a company newspaper double spread of photos/biogs of those butchered at “my” airline. Even now, it just makes me angry and sad. Not going to work!?? That would not occur to most people.