WE DID IT!!!
10 Hours Rest,
FAA Reauthorization Bill
October 3, 2018
WE DID IT! Today, the Senate voted bipartisan and overwhelmingly to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The bill is now approved by both chambers of Congress and will go to the President's desk for signing before the October 7, 2018 deadline.
Tens of thousands of Flight Attendants from across the industry including Frontier, Miami Air, Alaska, Spirit, Hawaiian, Envoy, Endeavor, United, American, Southwest – Flight Attendants from 35 airlines in all – have called your members of Congress, signed petitions, sent postcards, rallied at the Capitol, and told your stories to achieve minimum rest equal with the flight deck and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP). Before that, many of you took part in fatigue studies that provided the science to back up our demand for more rest. This was a fight for safety, health, and equality.
We achieved overwhelming bipartisan support for our Rest and we especially thank our Congressional champions on 10 hours minimum rest:
House - Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA), Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Michael Bost (R-IL), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL).
Senate - Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) originally introduced the language when she was in the House and continued advocacy in the Senate. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) have all since worked hard to ensure the rest language would be included in a final FAA bill. We thank Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for weighing in when it especially counted to help us get our rest.
Summary of AFA safety priorities included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018:
Cabin Cyber Security Vulnerabilities
10-hours Minimum Rest and a FRMP for Flight Attendants
No Knives on Planes Ever Again
Ban of Voice Calls on Planes
Emotional Support and Service Animal Standards
Air Quality: Technologies to Combat Contaminated Bleed Air
Protect Customer Service Agents from Assaults
Secondary Cockpit Barriers
Safe Transport of Lithium Batteries
Study on Cabin Evacuation Certification (including cabin configuration)
Increase Civil Penalties for Crew Interference from $25,000 to $35,000
Banning Electronic Cigarette Smoking on Planes
Congressional Focus on Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Planes
Establish National Inflight Sexual Misconduct Task Force
Require DOJ to Establish Reporting Process for Sexual Misconduct
Continue Crewmember Self-Defense Training
Expanded Human Trafficking Training for Airline Personnel
Prioritize Support for Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP)
Requiring Privacy for Nursing in the Airport
Evaluation and Update of Emergency Medical Kit Contents
Oxygen Mask Design Study
Develop Guidance for Non-Toxic Prevention of Transporting Insects
Exit Row Evaluation and Verification
Improve Consumer Notification of Insecticide Use
Promoting Women in Aviation
Authorization of Essential Air Service
Do you sweat or freeze in the airplane cabin?
Download our App to report it!
Today, the FAA and the DOT have no operating requirements for cabin temperatures. As a result, in the summer, cabins can get too hot; in the winter, they can get too cold.
If it’s too hot, crew and passengers can experience symptoms ranging from the mild (fatigue, dizziness) to moderate (heat exhaustion) to catastrophic (heat stroke).
If it’s too cold, health effects range from cold stress to hypothermia.
Extreme temperatures also impact cabin operations, by degrading the crew’s awareness of possible security threats, increasing stress that can lead to air rage, medical emergencies, a return to the gate, and other operational disruptions.
Flight Attendants face these extreme conditions all too often. To make change, we need data to persuade regulators and legislators to establish airplane temperature standards. We define the problem with reports to get it fixed.
Download the iPhone/iPad or Android version of the 2Hot2Cold app, install it on your device, and submit reports on extreme temperature incidents you experience onboard flights.
In addition, come back often and check the links on afacwa.org/2hot2cold for the latest 2Hot2Cold news, updates on temperature events reported by the 2Hot2Cold community, as well as ways to inform the government and industry of your dissatisfaction.
Working together, we will end the scourge of 2Hot2Cold in air travel!
On June 21, 2017, American Airlines announced it will seek a new uniform vendor due to the many illnesses reported by AFA members and others exposed to the current uniforms provided by TwinHill.
AFA has communicated with management about our experience and research on uniform garment issues and this process of selecting a new uniform vendor. It is critical that the new uniforms will be safe and healthy, as well as durable and comfortable, for our members.
DO visit AFA’s uniform reactions reporting site and report any uniform reactions to AFA, in confidence.
Uniform Dos and Don'ts
To all AFA members who have experienced averse reactions to the new uniforms there is a website that AFA-CWA has designed to give you all the information you need to know about the Twin-Hill uniforms and your reactions. Even if you haven't had a reaction, you are still encouraged to go on the website to educate yourself on this topic.
On the website you are given detail instructions if you experience any reactions. Also we have Information on how AFA is presently advocating for you. There is even detail information on the chemicals that may be found in different uniform pieces that may cause skin irritants.
Please take the time and log onto http://www.afacwa.org/uniforms.