May 2, 2019


A 2018 survey of over 400 airline cabin crew shows 65% of respondents have experienced sexual harassment, with one in five crew reporting more than 10 incidents of sexual harassment.

Four out of five cabin crew experienced sexual harassment from co-workers while three out of five experienced it from passengers. Reports include serious sexual assault, workers being pinned down and assaulted, passengers exposing themselves to crew, workers being touched on their groins and buttocks, highly sexualised comments and degrading comments targeted to crew because of their sexual orientation.

Almost 70% said they did not report the incident with many (56%) saying they did not think it would be handled appropriately, and others (39%) even saying that they feared reporting it would make the situation worse. The TWU is working with cabin crew to hold airlines to account for the safety of their crew, ensuring policies are implemented and reporting processes offer the right protections for workers to come forward.



Over 400 cabin crew reveal high rates of sexual harassment at work

Over 400 cabin crew reveal high rates of sexual harassment at work

This important survey resulted in a TWU submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

The TWU has contacted survey respondents and has set up a working group of those who wish to get involved in devising solutions to the problem. If you want to be part of this process, please contact

If you want to share an experience, you can use the form on the top right of this page.

Support is available should you need it – contact 1800 RESPECT on  1800 737 732 or speak to your TWU branch.

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