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Spirit flight attendants picket at ACY

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If you are flying out of Atlantic City International Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday you may see flight attendants not just on your flight, but also picketing outside.

"We have been in contract negotiations for five years. We are coming to the end of negotiating with the company," Spirit Airlines Flight Attendant Representative Amy Drinkhouse said.

Flight attendants with the low cost airline are protesting at airports around the country and say they are asking for what they say is a modest wage increase, better health benefits, and fair work rules.

After five years of negotiations the union representatives say this is a stall tactic from the company.

In a statement Spirit tells NBC 40 in part we are committed to reaching a fair agreement that rewards our flight attendants for their contribution and supports the company's growth.

Passengers we spoke with say the flight attendants deserve their fair share.

"My daughter is traveling by herself, so I want people to be happy the staff to be happy and take care of my daughter while she's traveling," Sal Montelone said.

The National Mediation Board is currently in control of their contract, which means flights should run smoothly for now.

However, if things do not get resolved members have already voted by a overwhelming 98.4 percent to strike.

"We don't want to do that, we don't want to hurt our company. We don't want to hurt our passengers, but we want the company to understand that we are instrumental in the profit that spirit airlines continually, quarter after quarter states record profits," Drinkwater said.

Representatives from the Association of Flight Attendants say while they don't expect flights to be disrupted this weekend, they say if their contract is released from the National Mediation Board, which they expect to happen very soon a strike could be possible within 30 days, meaning Christmas could shape up to be very messy for travelers here at ACY.

Spirit flight attendants say they could also enact a program they call "CHAOS" which stands for "Creating Havoc Around Our System". which includes intermittent strikes called without warning to management or the traveling public.

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