Published on Friday, March 27, 2020

Cabin crew member dies of coronavirus

American Airlines has confirmed a long-serving flight attendant has died after becoming infected with coronavirus.

Paul Frishkorn, 65, was based at Philadelphia and was a union representative for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

"Our hearts go out to Paul's family and friends, many of whom work for American," the airline said.

"We are working directly with Paul's family to ensure they are cared for."

A colleague of Frishkorn's, Tracy Sear, said: "Flight attendants are very much on edge right now because social distancing is so difficult in the close quarters of an airplane cabin."

Union president Lori Bassani added: "They're right there exposed on the front lines. They're scared of getting sick and carrying the virus to their families."

Earlier this week Carlos Consuegra, a United Airlines ramp service employee, died after becoming infected.

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