This is the second infographic in a series of three infographics that I intend to create, which illustrate how airlines are making flight attendants’ lives less pleasant since the new work schedules came into effect. You can read the first infographic here, and it’s even more relevant now since the new work schedules are now in place for April 2015.
The latest example of this comes from Southwest Airlines, which announced plans to reduce the number of flight attendants on planes after the Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules that require airlines to reduce the number of flight attendants per aircraft by up to 5% over the next five years.
Thanks to airline deregulation, flight attendants are often the only staff members available to work on scheduled flights. However, this isn’t the only thing on the line. For example, airlines are required to pay all of their employees on scheduled flights overtime for the entire length of each flight, regardless of the amount of time the flight actually takes. This is called compensatory time pay.
[Roundup] How Airlines Are Making Flight Attendants’ Work Schedules Tough
on August 30, 2021 by Gary Leff
News and tidbits from the internet:
- Vaccine passports for restaurants, bars, and gyms are being considered in Honolulu.
- The high expense of obtaining necessary Covid tests in rural areas. At the very least, if you make a distant location your last stop and just require testing to return to the United States, you may purchase one in the United States and administer it yourself under the supervision of an outsourced contact center representative. It’s a lot better than paying $6000 to fly in a doctor.
- American Airlines amentiy kits are being sent out by Hyatt. “We have chosen a limited number of World of Hyatt Globalists who have connected their World of Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts at random to present them with a modest gift,” Hyatt said.
I, for one, did not get one. Though more than one American CEO has informed me I’ve been removed from distribution and invite lists in the past (I’m not the most popular person at Skyview 8), it’s possible it was random.
- Jill Surdek, then-Senior Vice President of American Airlines, told cabin staff that if they didn’t accept voluntary early outs, they would be unhappy with their schedules. However, most individuals did not fully get what this meant. They now do. On the other hand, they’re being expected to perform less work in the cabin while they’re there.
Jacqueline Petzel, a Chicago-based American Airlines flight attendant who is now on reserve, claimed she was frequently awakened up at 2 a.m. by American and had just two hours to go to the airport and then perform a 15-hour shift during the first week of August.
Ms. Petzel, 34, claimed she was only allowed the bare minimum of 10 hours of sleep at the hotel between several recent shifts.
Ms. Petzel said she had to grab supper, shower, contact family, wind down, sleep, eat breakfast, and get ready for the following shift within that time, leaving her with just four or five hours of real sleep.
Ms. Petzel said, “It’s difficult to keep your eyes open when you’re up that early and it’s a lengthy trip.” She fell asleep in her uniform on a recent stopover in Las Vegas following a 15-hour day.
- Covid is teaching me how to live with him. In Israel, however, “completely vaccinated” implies three doses.
Singapore PM Lee Hsieng Loong tells the country that Delta means Covid-Zero is impossible, heralds a “new situation” backed by a world-leading 80% vaxx rate & says the country must now “change gears” toward a new normal. pic.twitter.com/qVBqwk5ksC
August 29, 2021 — Derek Wallbank (@dwallbank)
- Don’t you need a drink more than normal if you’re trapped in a hurricane?
The sound of the wind rushing through the buildings in downtown New Orleans is strong, but I’m not sure this video conveys it. Meanwhile, some Marriott customers are unhappy because the hotel has ceased selling alcohol in the lobby. pic.twitter.com/NzEaJLc8yf
August 29, 2021 — Tim Craig (@timcraigpost)
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Over the last few years, airlines have slowly changed how they schedule flight attendants by outsourcing them to third-parties, even if the flight attendants are not current employees. While nothing has changed at the airline level, there has been an increase in third-party scheduling that’s resulted in flight attendants working long days, many of them on their days off.. Read more about flight attendant job and let us know what you think.
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