10 Hours Rest Implementation Moves After Years of Obstruction

10 Hours Rest Implementation Moves After Years of Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 21, 2021) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today proposed a rule requiring 10 hours rest for Flight Attendants between duty days. The proposed rule would increase the rest period to 10 consecutive hours when scheduled for a duty period of 14 hours or less.  Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement:

“Flight Attendant fatigue is real. It is documented with congressionally mandated fatigue studies and other major health studies. COVID has only exacerbated the safety gap with long duty days, short nights, and combative conditions on planes.

“Congress mandated 10 hours minimum irreducible rest for Flight Attendants in October 2018, but the prior administration put the rule on a process to kill it.

“We need our 10 hours yesterday. From President Biden, to Secretary Buttigieg, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, and our champion House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio, who has never stopped fighting on this, we were heard and represented. Each of these leaders worked hard to undo the efforts to kill our hard won rest and put it back on track to implementation. Elections matter.

"The fatigue Flight Attendants all feel has not stopped and neither will we until this rule is fully implemented."


The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, (AFA) AFL-CIO represents nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 17 airlines. AFA is the union that has advanced the Flight Attendant profession for 75 years, beating back discrimination and improving wages, benefits, working conditions, and aviation safety, health and security in the aircraft cabin. AFA also partners with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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