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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

6.07.18 – (LAA) – More Changes in August for LAA Flight Attendants – Double Ups & Last Live Leg

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More Changes in August for LAA Flight Attendants –
Double ups & Last Live Leg

Effective for the August bid month, JCBA Sections 2.L. (Double ups) and 10.P (Last live leg) will be implemented for LAA Flight Attendants.

Double ups

Double ups allow Flight Attendants the option to fly back-to-back trips (two sequences within the same duty day with a minimum of 30 minutes between the release time of the first sequence and the report time of the second sequence).

Beginning in August, Flight Attendants can use ETB and TTS, with certain restrictions, to pick up double ups.

Restrictions:

  • Unless you set a waiver, PBS will not award you a double up (Until PBS, lines will not be built with double up sequences)
  • If you choose to double up, you cannot be scheduled to exceed FARs (federal aviation regulation legalities) (e.g., 24 in 7)
  • The combination of duty time between your first and second trip sequences, including the 30-minute minimum buffer between the release from trip number 1 to the report of trip number 2, cannot exceed 14 hours

Example of a legal double up:

On the last day of your first trip, you report at 0600. Your release from duty is at 1000. You need a minimum buffer time of 30 minutes starting at 1000. Trip number 2 (the one you want to double up) has a report time of 1130 and a release time at 1800.For purposes of calculating your duty day, you have to count from 0600 to 1800. In this case, it’s 12:00 hours. Since the duty day maximum is 14:00 hours, it’s a legal double up.

Example of an illegal double up:
The last day of your first trip has a report time of 0600 and a release at 1200. The report time of the trip you want to double up is at 1400 with a release of 2100.For purposes of calculating your duty day, you have to count from 0600 to 2100. In this case it’s 15:00 hours – which exceeds the 14:00 duty day maximum – therefore making it an illegal double up.

Last Live Leg

Last live leg allows Flight Attendants the option of flying another Flight Attendant’s last live leg, subject to certain conditions. This option could be mutually beneficial to commuters.

Example: Say you’re based in LGA, but you commute from MIA. You’re standing by for a flight from MIA to LGA (to commute to work) which is pretty full. You don’t want to risk not getting on. There happens to be another LGA-based MIA commuter who is working the same flight. You can volunteer to work their last leg to LGA. This assures you get on your flight to LGA to report in time for your regular trip. At the same time, your fellow LGA-based colleague doesn’t have to worry about commuting home, is released from the trip in MIA, and paid as though they completed their entire trip.

Conditions:

  • You have to be legal to work both the other Flight Attendant’s last live leg as well as your originally scheduled trip
  • You both must contact Crew Tracking (in a single call ahead of time) to make the request
  • The swap cannot cause a delay to either customer boarding or the flight’s departure time
  • The Flight Attendant removed from their last live leg is paid and credited as originally scheduled and retains the legalities of the trip
  • By swapping on to another Flight Attendant’s last live leg, you’re also agreeing to waive your duty and block limitations as well as rest requirements down to FAR minimums
  • If, for some reason, you become illegal to work your original trip, you’re not pay protected for that trip
  • If the other Flight Attendant was scheduled to deadhead following that leg of the swap, you must be legal for that deadhead. Additionally, if that deadhead turns into a working leg, you’re responsible for working that leg

Example: You’re a DFW-based Flight Attendant in MCO who is trying to get to DFW to start your trip. There’s a DFW crew coming through MCO on the last day of their trip and they’re scheduled to work MCO to MIA and then deadhead MIA to DFW. One of the crewmembers also happens to be an MCO commuter. You agree to swap on to their trip and work the MCO-MIA leg. By doing this, you also assume their deadhead from MIA to DFW. If, for some reason, you’re needed to work the MIA to DFW leg, you’re required to do so.

You do not have to be commuting to work to volunteer to work another crewmember’s last live leg. This can be done any time you are traveling using your pass travel privileges. Keep in mind, however, you must be in uniform and have all required items (e.g., tablet, keys, ID) to work.

If you’re a reserve, you must be released into either a day off or released for a future assignment in order to do this. Additionally, you can’t work someone else’s last live leg if you are scheduled to sit standby later in the same day.

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