Thursday, September 16, 2021
Alert: FAA Tablet Audits
For the past several months, the FAA has been conducting tablet audits throughout the system. Inspectors have reported an alarming number of tablets out of compliance, either without the latest revision, the mophie® case not being fully charged, or the tablet battery below the 90% required before the first flight of the day.
As a result, effective October 1st, the FAA has announced that they will begin issuing letters of investigation to any Flight Attendant whose tablet is found to be non-compliant during an audit. Failure to cooperate with the FAA during the investigation could result in a fine.
Remember, the Cabin ASAP program is a means of documenting specific safety concerns or voluntarily self-disclosing violations. Reporting a violation due to it being found during an FAA audit means the report is no longer “self-disclosure” and will not qualify for acceptance into the program.
Please give yourself ample time before the beginning of your trip to ensure your tablet has the most up-to-date revision and is charged to 90% or greater with four lights on the mophie® case. Also, please refresh your knowledge of procedures to follow if you find yourself with a tablet not meeting the requirements.
APFA Safety and Security Representative