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APFA Special Hotline

July 2, 2015


FACT Rep Update – July 2, 2015
Flight Attendant Communications Team

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LAA / LUS
Hot Cabin Temperatures – [email protected]

APFA has learned that AA has produced a Customer Planning Advisory regarding “Guidelines for Boarding Warm Aircraft.” The company policy includes the suspension of customer boarding if the cabin temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. APFA is very disappointed that our recommendation for a maximum cabin temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit for passenger boarding was not implemented in the company’s comprehensive plan. We strongly oppose the “above 90 degree” marker and will continue to push for a lower max cabin temperature for passenger boarding.

As always, we encourage Flight Attendants to make the best determination of their own health and safety when faced with a hot aircraft cabin. Flight Attendants should coordinate with the cockpit and gate agent(s) to ensure all measures have been deployed to cool the aircraft and should clearly express any safety concerns regarding passenger boarding under such extreme conditions.

All hot aircraft cabin temperature events, especially those involving a delay in the boarding process and/or departure should be reported to [email protected]. Flight Attendants may also consider voluntarily reporting concerns of extreme cabin temperatures (hot or cold) to the Cabin ASAP program. As a reminder, the Cabin ASAP program is for the self-reporting of an inadvertent FAR violation as well as general or specific cabin safety concerns.

On July 1st, the NBC affiliate in DFW reported on the issue of hot cabin temperatures and the fact that APFA is pushing the company to change the 90 degree threshold for boarding. To read the article, click here.

LAA / LUS
Flight Attendant Support 24/7

Flight Service Daily Operations, now located in the Integrated Operation Control Center (IOC) along with Crew Scheduling, is available to assist Flight Attendants 24/7. To reach Daily Ops:

Daily Ops is available to support you outside local base management hours should you require any assistance or support mid-sequence or while on a layover.

FACT or Fiction?

LAA
Q: Does a Purser or Lead Flight Attendant have the authority to give consent to agents to board early without asking the crew?

A: Boarding times are now contractual. The purser or lead Flight Attendant should confirm the boarding time with the agent during the Departure Dependability Briefing and then communicate with the crew during the Crew Briefing.

LAA / LUS
Q: Is it true that this merger has made the LAA Flight Attendant pension fund, which is grossly underfunded, responsible for the LUS pensions that were previously taken over by the PBGC due to the LUS bankruptcy?

A: (From Patrick Hancock, APFA Retirement Specialist:)
Our plans could always use more employer contributions, and we encourage that at every opportunity. In fact, last year, AA put in $600 million more dollars than they were required to under the law into the LAA plan. (One example of APFA “persistence” paying off!) As of the last report, the LAA FA Plan’s funded status was at 102.66% of the target. So, technically, the LAA pension fund is overfunded. However, we know that airlines are a cyclical business and we want AA to put in contributions now, while we are making money, so that when we start losing money again our plans can more easily weather the storm.

There is no provision in the law for the PBGC to “force merge” two plans. There is an obscure provision that allows the PBGC to “restore” a plan to the sponsor, but it requires the plan sponsor to agree, or a court to order that restoration. (See generally: 29 CFR Part 4047 – RESTORATION OF TERMINATING AND TERMINATED PLANS.) In the case of the LUS plan, the time limits for that opportunity have expired. But even if it were still possible, it would not be a force merger into the LAA plan.

LAA / LUS
Q: What’s the company policy regarding Unaccompanied Minors (UMNR) connecting on the last flights of the night?

A:  Per AA policy, reservation will not be accepted for an unaccompanied minor traveling on an itinerary that includes the last on-line connection to any American Airlines or American Eagle destination.

LAA
Q: I am on Reserve for the month of July. Now that the times have been extended for call out and are contractual, are the short call out times extended and considered contractual as well or are they remaining the same 30 minutes to get to the airport?

A: The recently announced 3-hour call out is for co-terminal bases. All other aspects of reserve call out remain the same and there is no 30-minute call out. Short Call-Out is when a Reserve has indicated her/his willingness to be contacted out of time accrued order for the purpose of assignment to a trip sequence which departs in less than two (2) hours. A short call-out preference can be restricted to a specific co-terminal.

LAA / LUS
Q: Any insight into the impact on domestic partner benefits (particularly medical) following the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality?

A: This is the company’s statement on Jetnet: “Earlier this year, American joined a broad coalition of U.S. corporations to support marriage equality in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. American also joined dozens of large companies to pledge that “Equality is Our Business,” signing a public statement led by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) seeking to get businesses and organizations to stand up for diversity.

From a business perspective, things won’t change overnight. In fact, it will take time for companies like ours to fully review our benefits, policies and procedures, and thoughtfully determine what changes we need to make as a result. Our goal is to offer all of our employees – and future employees – fair and consistent benefits, policies and programs. At American, all employees are appreciated and valued for being themselves and for their ideas and opinions. It helps make us who we are – a global airline, committed to diversity and inclusion.”

LAA / LUS
Q: Do we get flight pay for diversions?

A: Yes, per JCBA Section 3.M Diversion Pay:
“When a flight is diverted and the aircraft is not blocked in at a gate, and/or passenger egress is prohibited, each Flight Attendant shall receive full flight time pay and credit for all such time on board. Such flight time will not be included in the block hour calculation as provided in Hours of Service, Section 11, nor will flight time pay and credit run concurrently with any holding time or ground time compensation as provided in Paragraph D.”

LAA / LUS
Q: Passengers are supposedly prohibited from taking pictures or videos of flight crew members. Is there any way to enforce this rule?

A: You are correct – per AA company policy, passengers are prohibited from photographing and/or videotaping crew members. If you witness a passenger taking photos or videos of crew members, inform the passenger that it is against AA policy and request that they stop and delete the photos or footage. If they refuse to comply, report it to the Captain and document all pertinent information in a report to the company.

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APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Currently, no scheduled events...

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Currently, no scheduled events...

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