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12.11.20 – Important Guidelines When Calling Out Sick

Friday, December 11, 2020

Important Guidelines When Calling Out Sick

Lineholder Sick Calls

  • When calling out sick, you are calling out for the trip(s).
  • Extending your absence will appear as a separate sick occurrence on your HI10M. However, Flight Service will “bridge” the absence if there is no paid activity between the sick calls. This will combine all your sick occurrences into one single sick occurrence and the number of days of the occurrence will include your days off.
  • You may call out for more than one trip at a time. However, once marked out sick you will not be able to pick up flying on those days if you are feeling better, unless Crew Scheduling is permitting Flight Attendants to call in well. Calling in well is at Crew Scheduling’s discretion. A banner will appear on the Crew Portal whenever calling in well is open.
  • If you call off sick for one trip and are still not well, you will need to contact Crew Scheduling to extend your sick call for the next trip.
  • While you are out sick, you will be able to use TTS/UBL and ETB for transactions that occur outside the footprint of your absence(s).
  • You will be able to pick up a trip that reports immediately after the scheduled release time of the trip associated with your absence.
  • You will be paid for the sequence from your sick bank.  If your trip has been Rescheduled, you will be paid for value of the trip at the time of the sick call.
  • If you are calling out sick for a sequence, there is no longer a need to wait until after 0000 to call in sick. You are calling out for a trip – not for the day.  This will give Scheduling as much notice as possible to cover the trip, and avoid a Reserve getting a last-minute call or being called between 0000 and 0500.


Reserve Sick Calls

  • You may call out for one day at a time, for a block of Reserve days, or multiple blocks of Reserve days.
  • If you call out sick after a RAP, sequence, or standby ends, the sick call will begin the next day.
  • If you are on RAP D, a sick call will count as 2 days. Calling out sick after 0000 on RAP D will still be 2 days.
  • If you have been awarded/assigned a sequence or standby and call out sick (even if your RAP has not yet started and you haven’t yet acknowledged your assignment), your sick bank will be charged the greater of the sequence/standby value or the value of a Reserve day:

**  4.10 for a 30-day month
**  3.56 for a 31-day month

  • If you have not been awarded/assigned a sequence and call out sick, your sick bank will be charged the value of a Reserve day.
  • Paid sick time counts toward your RSVCOT (Reserve Call Out Time).
  • If you have no time in your sick bank, your Reserve guarantee will be reduced by the daily rate or the value of the trip.


Please review APFA’s Calling Out Sick Reference Guide for further details.

In Solidarity,

Brian Walsh
APFA National Contract Chair

Marti McMillan
APFA National Scheduling Chair

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