The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) cheered the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their action to amend the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIRR Act) to include a 10 hour minimum rest provision based on science and sought by Flight Attendants for decades.
This FAA Reauthorization Bill will set the priorities and funding for US aviation for the coming years.
Currently, after working 14 hours federal regulations all Flight Attendant rest to be reduced to 8 hours from the time the plane arrives until it departs again. Passenger deplaning, preflight preparation and passenger boarding is included within the rest period which means that the opportunity to actually sleep is closer to 4 or 5 hours before potentially working another 14 hour duty day. AFA´s “Fight for 10” also includes a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) for reporting instances of fatigue. The FRMP also provides education for Flight Attendants to determine when they are fatigued and what steps in addition to proper rest that can be taken to avoid it.
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world´s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 70 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions.