Flight Attendants Disappointed with Proposed FAA Extension
Washington, DC (July 8, 2016) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) is disappointed with the proposed FAA Extension which ignores important safety policies including 10 hours minimum rest and a fatigue risk management plan (FRMP) for Flight Attendants. AFA International President Sara Nelson today sent a letter to Congressional Transportation leaders:
“The members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), are deeply disappointed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization extension released yesterday failed to include a critical safety provision to provide 10 hours of minimum rest and a fatigue risk management plan (FRMP) for all Flight Attendants.
“Loopholes in aviation safety are dangerous and it is unacceptable that another year will go by without correcting this critical safety provision. Flight Attendants are aviation’s first responders. We are entrusted with the safety, health and security of passengers on a daily basis. We will continue to fight to ensure we have adequate rest periods that cannot be arbitrarily reduced. This aviation safety shortfall can wait no longer to be fixed.”
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. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.