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Saturday, July 16, 2016
We received countless reports this week from concerned Flight Attendants who have experienced various health issues after using crew bunks on our widebody fleet.
APFA immediately consulted with the American Airlines Safety, Security and Environmental Programs department to take the first steps in identifying and resolving the issues. Initially, and moving forward, we will be looking very closely at cabin cleaning products and disinsection procedures used on our aircraft.
Effective immediately, ALL crew bunk areas will be blocked off prior to the residual disinsection process. To ensure there are no traces of chemicals, the bunks will be thoroughly sanitized with a non-toxic, biodegradable cleaner.
APFA will travel with a safety team from American Airlines to conduct a review of the application process and verify all precautions are taken.
The safety of our Flight Attendants is paramount and we will continue to monitor and assess the situation. In the meantime, please continue to document any health issues or symptoms resulting from a suspected exposure by filling out an AMR Event report and following IOD filing procedures.
APFA National Health Chair
APFA National IOD Chair
APFA National Contract Chair
APFA National Safety Chair