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United Attendants Say 13 Fired for Protesting ‘Menacing’ Jet

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Thirteen former United Airlines flight attendants say they were improperly fired last year after refusing to work on a Boeing Co. 747 jumbo jet that had “menacing” images drawn below its tail.

The attendants say they had a right to disobey orders to make the July 14 San Francisco-to-Hong Kong trip after the words “bye bye” were found written in an oil slick on the fuselage, according to a complaint to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Two faces, one smiling and one “devilish,” were drawn nearby, according to the complaint.