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After being fired by United Airlines, because they refused to fly after seeing something written on the fuselage, former flight attendants are now fighting back.

It all started at San Francisco International Airport last July 14th. United Airlines 747, was preparing to depart for Hong Kong when the First Officer noticed graffiti drawn in the grease on the rear of the plane.

The words “Bye Bye” next to two faces, one happy, and one not-so-happy.

Within minutes, the entire crew had seen the scene, including Flight Attendant Grace Lam. "When I saw it, I was so scared, I have 24 years of flying and I have never seen anything like this before."

Malaysia Airlines had just gone missing 4-months earlier. The war in Syria was raging and there was a warning from Homeland Security about terrorist targeting commercial airliners.

There was a security and maintenance sweep, the captain, and airline determined that the graffiti was most likely a prank. Still, 13 Veteran Flight Attendants, refused to fly, causing the flight to be canceled.

In October, United then fired the 13 Flight Attendants.

Now, the Flight Attendants are asking the labor department to reinstate them.

United says it will defend itself vigorously.

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