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Airlines face worst crisis since 9/11 as funding ends

In her first months as a flight attendant, Jennie Ballesteros worked evacuation flights as the world shut down. She may be lose her job Thursday, when Cares Act funding to airlines expires. Foto: David Becker for The Washington Post

For Jennie Ballesteros, having the wings of a United Airlines flight attendant ceremonially pinned to her chest was the fulfillment of a dream she'd held onto for years - ever since some crew members she served as a waitress told her she might have what it takes.

"I'm going to make it," Ballesteros recalls thinking. "I'm going to have some security. A retirement. A 401(k). This is an amazing job. I was just so happy."..

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