The union that represents flight attendants for United Airlines is objecting to plans by the Chicago-based carrier to eliminate one flight attendant position on most of its long-haul international flights, starting in February. The airline says the move won’t “impact our customer experience” and is meant to align United’s staffing levels and “remain competitive” with those of its rivals, Delta and American airlines, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said. But the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 50,000 flight attendants from 21 airlines, complains that one fewer flight attendant on each flight means a bigger workload for the remaining crew. “It means fewer flight attendants to respond to medical emergencies, back each other up with aggressive passengers, maintain a safe space for everyone and follow through on addressing any issues of sexual assault or hostile situations,” the group posted on its website. The union said the airline is being run like a hedge fund, with a focus only on short-term gains.