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jan wyatt - MEC Committee Chair

jan wyatt -
MEC Committee Chair


TAKE ACTION: Stop Toxic Fumes!

August 13, 2019 — The Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019 aims to protect airline passengers and crew from the harmful effects of toxic cabin air.

“Our workspace is the public’s travel space and in that space today, crews and passengers are breathing toxins and it has to stop,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson.

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Call your Representative and Senators today and tell them to cosponsor the Cabin Air Safety Act. The House bill is H.R. 2208 and the Senate bill is S. 1112.

Call Your Representative: 866-937-4359

Call Your Senators: 877-750-7411 

“Hi, my name is_________. As a constituent and a Flight Attendant, I am calling to ask you to cosponsor the Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019. Flight Attendants and passengers can be exposed to toxic fumes in the cabin. We need the FAA to intervene and implement protections. Support clean air onboard for passengers and Flight Attendants!”

AFA’s efforts to improve the cabin environment span the last three decades, from advocating for smoke-free skies to stopping poisonous pesticide spraying to addressing the dangers of contaminated bleed air. We advocate that the airline industry either end the use of engine bleed air for cabin air supply like on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or mitigate the circulation of contaminated air. In 2015, AFA was an active member of the ICAO task group that published Circular 344, which advises airlines to enhance their operational procedures to minimize onboard exposure to smoke and fumes. This led to an FAA Safety Alert published in 2018. This is progress, but it doesn't go far enough. 

“Most Americans go to work with the expectation of breathing clean air. Flight Attendants don’t have this guarantee, and it is past time for that to change,” AFA President Sara Nelson said.

What to Do During a Toxic Fume Event 

Every day, just in the U.S. alone, there is an official report of toxic oil fumes contaminating the air we breathe on regular commercial flights. Crews who breathe these fumes can develop chronic neurological problems, such as impaired speech and memory. Flight safety can be compromised when crews are impaired inflight.


Fellow Flight Attendants,

We'd like to update you on a recent event involving one of our Flight Attendants bitten by an Emotional Support Animal. He is recovering at home after receiving medical attention. This is a very serious safety issue and we NEED YOUR HELP. Please report any emotional support animal disruptive behavior to Jan Wyatt, AFA MEC Chair - Air Safety, Health and Security at airsafety@afaeagle.com.

AFA International released the following statement:

Flight Attendant Union Releases Statement on Emotional Support Dog Biting Envoy Flight Attendant

WASHINGTON, DC (July 23, 2019) – On Tuesday, July 23rd, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), released the following statement in regards to an incident that occurred Monday, July 22nd, on American Airlines flight 3306 flying from Dallas-Fort Worth to Piedmont Triad International Airport where an Envoy Air flight attendant and AFA member was bitten by an emotional support dog.

“What happened on yesterday’s American Airlines flight is completely unacceptable and inexcusable. For years, AFA has supported the role trained animals can provide to passengers in the cabin, but we have also called for action in regards to setting standards for emotional support animals. We need the Department of Transportation to take action now, so events like the one that happened yesterday do not continue to occur on our planes. This is fundamentally about maintaining safety, health and security for passengers and crew, while ensuring accessibility for those who need it.”

 Here are some additional media links:

Newser reports:

Union Calls For Change After Support Dog Bites Flight Attendants
An American Airlines flight attendant needed five stitches after an emotional support dog bit him on the hand, the airline says. American did not ...

Fox News.com reports

American Airlines Flight Attendant gets stitches after emotional support....
Ouch! A flight attendant employed by American Airlines was bitten on his left hand by an emotional support dog during a recent flight, suffering an injury that ...

USA Today reports:

American Airlines Flight Attendant bitten by emotional support dog, requires five stitches.
An American Airlines flight attendant was bitten by an emotional support dog on a flight from Dallas to North Carolina Monday, prompting union calls to further tighten rules on in-flight animals.

 Forbes reports:

"Emotional Support" Dog Bites Flight Attendant, Who Requires Five ...
'Emotional Support' Dog Bites Flight Attendant, Who Requires Five Stitches. A flight attendant required five stitches after he was bitten on Monday by an emotional support dog during a Dallas-Greensboro, N.C. flight.


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Thank you,
Jan Wyatt and your ASHS Committee