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A Midwest Express flight attendant has filed a lawsuit claiming the airline improperly suspended her for protesting a rule requiring flight attendants to check for bombs on airplanes. In the suit, Susan B. Stein, president of the Association of Flight Attendants Master Executive Council for Midwest Express flight attendants, asked a judge to rescind her 45-day suspension and award backpay and benefits. Stein and the union also want an order prohibiting the airline from disciplining employees for exercising rights granted under federal labor law. Stein wrote a letter to the company Sept. 13 asking that flight attendants not be required to conduct the searches because they were not trained to do so, the suit says. She also protested the policy in person. Midwest Express suspended Stein without pay in October after an investigation, according to the suit. Stein also claims the airline threatened to discipline her for any future behavior they find unprofessional. A Midwest Express spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The Oak Creek, Wis.-based airline implemented the policy after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to the suit filed in federal court last week. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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