DOT Releases New Guidelines for Animals In the Cabin
(August 9, 2019) - On Thursday, the Department of Transportation released new guidance on service and emotional support animals in the cabin.
AFA President Sara Nelson said: "Today’s action by the Department of Transportation is an important step to address what has become a mess of animals loose in the aircraft cabin. Clear rules are necessary to ensure access to service animal assistance for people with disabilities and our veterans, while maintaining the safety, health and security of all passengers and crew onboard our planes."
“In the last few weeks alone Flight Attendants have been hurt and safety has been compromised by untrained animals loose in the cabin. Fraudulent claims of emotional support animals not only threatens safety and health, it can interfere with the rights of passengers who legitimately need the assistance of trained animals. Clear government regulations are necessary so that private industry can maintain consistency and equal access for all travelers. We look forward to rulemaking by the Department of Transportation to lock in clear rules for carriers and passengers alike."
Specifically, AFA supports documentation, advance notice, and check-in requirements for passengers traveling with emotional support animals.
Sign this petition to ask DOT and FAA to immediately implement the law, and to encourage members of Congress to hold them accountable. This is about our safety, health, equality, and following the law. (Your address is required to authenticate your constituent status with members of Congress.)
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!
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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.