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A stewardess looks on November 24, 2011 at the departures panel,... News PhotoAir Stewardess,Airport,Austerity,Cancelled - Single Word,Crisis,Horizontal,Lisbon,Looking,Portugal,Strike - Industrial ActionPhotographer Collection: AFP 2011 AFPA stewardess looks on November 24, 2011 at the departures panel, showing all flights cancelled, at Lisbon international airport during a general strike. A general strike against austerity measures grounded flights and paralyzed public transport in Portugal on November 24 as workers protested a tough 2012 budget aimed at helping the country pay its debt. Authorities cancelled nearly all flights in and out of the nation's main airports, the Lisbon metro came to a standstill and ferries across the capital's Tagus River functioned only intermittently in what unions said was a necessary bitter pill. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)