NATION : Over 1,200 Out at Continental

From Times staff and wire service reports

More than 1,200 flight attendants with Continental Airlines, like Eastern Airlines a subsidiary of Texas Air Corp., have gone on strike, a union spokeswoman said today on the second day of a walkout.

“We’ve had 1,207 flight attendants either walk off of aircraft or not show up for work. We’re very encouraged,” spokeswoman Myra Clayton said. “Those are not people who are sick or have days off.” Continental has had to delay a number of flights, she said, and called in all its reserve employees.

Continental, however, said in a statement that only about 2% of its 6,500 flight attendants have responded to the call by the Union of Flight Attendants and said the action has had no effect on its operations.