10.10.18 – The Weekly Scoop



Susannah Bender Named APFA In-House Counsel

APFA is pleased to announce the appointment of Susannah Bender as our In-House Counsel. Susannah graduated 9th in her class, magna cum laude, from The University of Akron School of Law. While in law school she focused on litigation, competed on Trial Team, was a member of the Trial Team Honor Society as well as the Moot Court Honor Society, and served as both Assistant Editor and Articles Editor of the Akron Law Review. She comes to us with experience working under the Railway Labor Act as Assistant General Counsel for an international labor union, where she worked with union officers and assisted with negotiating contracts and overseeing health care plans for her members.

“I am excited to be a part of APFA at this moment in its history, and look forward to working together to help create your future,” says Bender.

Lori Bassani, APFA National President, president@apfa.org



Today, APFA Leaders met in Dallas for Day 2 of the Annual Fall Board of Directors meeting. Full minutes of the meeting will be available on the APFA website within 30 days.

Robin Charbonneau, APFA Communications Chair, communications@apfa.org




October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. American Airlines is proud to be partnered with Susan G. Komen and BE PINK to raise awareness and fight for a cure. To learn more about BE PINK Day, and how we can raise much need funds to fight for a cure, simply visit:


Michael Tipton, APFA National Health Chair, health@apfa.org



Recognizing & Responding to Fumes in the Aircraft

If you do not have a yellow “Responding to Fume Events” lanyard card, please contact the APFA Membership Department at 817-540-0108, ext. 8153 or member@apfa.org.

Please place the lanyard card on your ID lanyard and/or have it accessible on your person at all times while working on the aircraft.

Bellia Peckson, APFA National IOD Chair, iod@apfa.org



How Sequences are Assigned to Standbys

JCBA Section 12.F.16 – A Standby will be assigned a sequence based on qualifications, days of availability, Standby report time, and in the same terminal. If qualifications, days of availability, Standby report times and terminal are the same, the assignment will be made by seniority. A Standby shall not be assigned a sequence into her/his Flex Day(s) unless she/he is the only Standby available to operate the sequence and Crew Schedule is unable to split the trip prior to her/his Flex Day(s).

  • Standby RSV may be utilized for sequences that become open or remain open within 2 hours of departure (3 hours for Co-Terminal)Sequences assigned manually by Crew Scheduling:
    • Sequence must be scheduled to depart no later than 2 hours after Standby shift
  • Sequences assigned manually by Crew Scheduling:
  1. Qualifications
  2. Days of availability
  3. Standby report time
  4. Same terminal
  5. If all of the above is equal, will be assigned in inverse Seniority order
  • Should not be assigned a sequence into a Flex Day unless only Standby available and Crew Schedule is unable to split the trip prior to his / her Flex Days
  • If a Speaker is on a Standby Shift, may bypass the Speaker for sequence assignment. Will not be bypassed if:Standby assignment takes precedence over any future scheduling assignment
    • A trip with FA’s language requirement not within the Standby Shift
    • All Speakers checked in for the Speaker trip
    • FA not legal for the Speaker trip
  • Standby assignment takes precedence over any future scheduling assignment.

Becky Lydecker, APFA National Scheduling Chair, scheduling@apfa.org



Early Voting

The key to this year’s midterm election on November 6th will be voter turnout. If you care about the direction of our country, then have your say at the ballot box.

As Flight Attendants, our schedule can change at a moment’s notice. This is why we encourage all APFA members to either take advantage of early voting or vote absentee.

Remember — early voting is slightly different than absentee voting. Take a quick moment to find out which option is best for you. (If your state requires an excuse for early absentee/in-person voting, there is a good chance that you have a valid reason— check here for your state’s requirements.)

Remember, you can’t complain of you don’t participate. Every vote counts.

Allie Malis, APFA National Government Affairs Representative, legislation@apfa.org



Please Review Your Standing PBS Bid

It is important to periodically review your standing bid. Due to the changes in monthly sequence allocations, it is important that everyone take a moment to go over their standing bid and update with any needed changes. Pay close attention to your pairing pools to make sure they include the number of sequences needed for your seniority.

With JCBA PBS now in effect, the JSIC Committee will also receive any emails sent to pbs@apfa.org. This will help in consolidating any PBS issues going forward.

Alin Boswell, Julie Hedrick, Linda Haertling, Vicki Balistreri, APFA Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee, jsiccommittee@apfa.org


As of today, there have been 4,847 Flight Attendants who have filed uniform reaction reports.

Please continue to utilize the Uniform Reaction Report Form on the APFA website if you experience a suspected reaction to your uniform.

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