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4.19.13 – (LAA) – Boston Marathon Bombins, Explosion in West, Test, Knives on Planes, AA Computer Problems, AFA-CWA Meet in Dallas, FAA Manual Audits in MIA


APFA Hotline – April 19, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts and West, Texas
As the town of West, Texas, begins to heal from Wednesday’s catastrophic plant explosion, and authorities in Boston continue to search for suspects in Monday’s marathon bombings, APFA extends our support and prayers to the families and friends affected by these tragedies. It is so important – now more than ever – that each of us remains vigilant in our surroundings at all times.

Knives Knives Knives
In that vein, just six days from today, on Thursday, April 25th, the TSA is set to allow knives on aircraft for the first time since September 11, 2001. Despite constant attempts by APFA, along with the Coalition of Flight Attendants to convince the TSA Administrator of the dangers knives present on board, Administrator Pistole remains stubborn in his decision.

Next Wednesday, April 24th, the Coalition of Flight Attendants will be leafleting and informational picketing at Washington Reagan Airport. APFA asks every available flight attendant to show up at noon on Wednesday in uniform to join us in protesting this pending policy change.

AA’s Computer Problems
Since Tuesday’s computer failing that displaced so many of our crew members let alone passengers, APFA has been working to assist those Flight Attendants who suffered missed trips and late sign-ins, as well as those who have unique issues that do not fall under specific contractual provisions. Please contact your Flight Service Manager if you received a TM or late sign-in as a result of the computer failure this past week. If you are unable to get your issue resolved with Flight Service, please contact your APFA representative with details including your full name, employee number, sequence number, and the facts surrounding the issue.

APFA and AFA-CWA Meet in Dallas
Yesterday, AFA and APFA met in Dallas to discuss the parameters of the Memorandum of Understanding/Transition Agreement that APFA and AFA-CWA will be negotiating with American Airlines and US Airways. The unions will meet again next month, to be followed by a joint meeting with American and US Airways management. We will continue to provide updates.

FAA Manual Audits in Miami
Just a reminder that the FAA is checking manuals and next week it will be focusing on Miami. Be sure your manual is update and accompanied by a current HI*9 whenever you are on duty.

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