Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

6.09.17- (LAA/LUS) – Turbulence/Contractual Boarding Times/FAA Inspections/Security Procedures at CDG

APFA Special Hotline

Friday, June 9, 2017

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  • Security Update for Crews Flying to Paris – LAA/LUS
     

Turbulence – LAA/LUS 

Thunderstorm season is here and this is the time of year that injuries occur due to unexpected turbulence.

If the captain has not advised the Flight Attendants to be seated and you are experiencing turbulence, TAKE THE NEAREST OPEN SEAT IMMEDIATELY, if possible. If that is not possible, sit on the floor and hold onto a stationary object. When conditions permit, notify the Captain.

Don’t wait for the Captain to make an announcement. If you sustain an injury due to turbulence, it is imperative that you notify the Captain that you have been injured and request that the turbulence be documented. It is important that you let the Captain know that you will be seeking medical treatment.

LAA Flight Attendants should file an Injury on Duty (IOD) report with your Flight Service Manager or with an MOD. In the event you do not seek immediate medical attention and later require medical care, contact the Injury on Duty Administrator Team at 1 800 VIP-CREW.  Select option #,6, 4.  

LUS – Flight Attendants will continue to file IOD’s via the Flight Service Website by clicking on Safety and Security then LUS Injury on Duty Report, formally known as a Safety Event Report (SER). Another option for LUS Flight Attendants to report an IOD is through JetNet by selecting Departments, then select Worker’s Compensation then Flight Service. Select Complete “IOD Report”under Injury Reporting LUS. In the event that you do not seek medical attention and later require medical care, contact Flight Service Administration at 480 693-5420.
 

All Flight Attendants should also file a CERS Report. The CERS Report is located on the Flight Service website by clicking on Safety and Security.

 
For more information about turbulence safety, please refer to the Inflight Manual – Safety and SecurityGeneral Safety or contact the IOD Department for LAA atiod1@apfa.organd for LUS at lushealthiod@apfa.org

Bellia Peckson
APFA National IOD Chair
iod@apfa.org
 


Contractual Boarding Times LAA/LUS

Per Sections 11.M and 14.Fof the JCBA, boarding times are as follows:

 
Please note:  

  • Flight Attendants are not required to board early.
  • Flight Attendants should advise gate agents of these contractual boarding times in their Departure Dependability Briefings. 
  • Customers who require pre-boarding, (wheelchairs, UMNRs, etc.) may be taken to the aircraft door to ensure they are positioned and ready to board at the applicable boarding time; however,  this is only permitted if the jetbridge isn’t too cold or too hot and only if the wait time is minimal.
  • Customers not requiring pre-boarding should not be lined up on the jetbridge in advance of the boarding time. 
  • In irregular circumstances such as quick turnarounds where the ground time is less than the contractual boarding times, coordinate with ground personnel to begin boarding as soon as the cabin is available. 

 


FAA Inspections – Protect Yourself from Unnecessary FinesLAA/LUS

APFA has been alerted that the FAA will be conducting inspections across the system throughout the month of June. Cabin checks are planned, but not limited to the following locations: 

  • MCO June 8 – 9
  • LGA/JFK June 19-22 
  • BOS June 20-22
  • CLT June 14-16 / 21-23

Please ensure your tablet is up to date, fully charged and that you are in possession of a fully charged spare battery when you report for duty. 

In addition, please ensure you are familiar with the following commonly violated FARs which have the possibility of incurring a personal fine for the FA.

Commonly Violated FARs and Points of Interest to Crew Members 

FAR 121.391 (d)

During taxi, Flight Attendants must remain at their duty stations with safety belts and shoulder harnesses fastened except to perform duties related to the safety of the airplane and its occupants.

Flight Attendants should remain alert and aware of surroundings during taxi, take-off and landing, and should remain free from distractions such as reading, texting, or use of the tablet. 

Once the boarding door is closed, you should only be up to perform safety related duties. Taking meal preferences is not considered safety related.

Violation of this FAR is punishable by personal fine by the FAA of up to $11,000.

FAR 121.589 (c-1) 

No certificate holder may allow an airplane to take off or land unless each article of baggage is stowed:

(1) In a suitable closet or baggage or cargo stowage compartment placarded for its maximum weight and providing proper restraint for all baggage or cargo stowed within, and in a manner that does not hinder the possible use of any emergency equipment.

Once the boarding door is closed, the closet door and all overhead bins should be closed as well.

E-Cigarettes

Smoking E-Cigarettes/vaping onboard the aircraft is strictly prohibited by DOT regulation.
Flight Attendants are held to the same standard as passengers and could by subjected to a personal fine of up to $25,000 if caught.

TSA Penetration Tests

The TSA is actively conducting Penetration Tests. If someone tries to re-board the aircraft, they must first present a valid boarding pass for that flight.

KCM

*Please remember that you may only bring your own belongings through the KCM portal. Any violation or perceived violation is punishable by personal fine, as well as temporary or even permanent restriction from the KCM program.*

Protect yourself and your colleagues from unnecessary fines! Please contact the Safety and Security Department with any questions.
 


Security Update for Crews Flying to ParisLAA/LUS

Effective June 10th, airport security at CDG will begin enforcing the requirement that crew members place all liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) under 100ml (3.4oz) in a single sealed clear plastic bag not to exceed one liter.

LAGs over 100ml can still be carried onboard so long as they are individually screened with liquid explosive detection equipment.

Keep in mind that if you do not meet the LAG requirements during the initial screening process, you will be sent to secondary screening where everything in your bags will be subjected to screening. 

Noelle Weiler
APFA National Safety & Security Chair
safety@apfa.org
 

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