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3.29.24 – First Look: A New CQ Drill Assessment

Friday, March 29, 2024

The 2024-2025 CQ program begins in April, and with it comes a new drill assessment called First Look.

Your participation in First Look is completely voluntary. While Flight Attendants are not required to participate in this new form of assessment, the FAA has required that the company provide this option during CQ starting this year for data collection on Flight Attendant emergency procedures.

First Look will be conducted prior to the start of class on day one in the Exit Operations Room (EOR) alongside the You Know the Drill assessments. The company has not communicated which drill will be designated as the First Look assessment. The drill designated as First Look will not be offered in You Know the Drill. If you choose not to participate in First Look, you will do the designated drill as part of your Day 2 Drills.

First Look is different from the way drills have been conducted in the past. We want you to make an informed decision regarding your voluntary participation in First Look.


When choosing to participate in You Know the Drill, Flight Attendants are given one opportunity to pass each evacuation drill. If successful on the first attempt, the Flight Attendant is given credit for completing the drill with no additional attempts required. If unsuccessful on the first attempt, the Flight Attendant will be required to complete the drill on day 2. An unsuccessful attempt with You Know the Drill does not count against one of your attempts on day 2.


If you have remaining drills to complete on day 2, there is no change to normal drill assessments. Day 2 drills are not timed, but you have four attempts to successfully complete them. If your first three attempts are unsuccessful, you will be provided a fourth, and final attempt at the end of the day.


In contrast to You Know the Drill, once the First Look assessment starts, you are required to successfully complete the drill. If you are not successful on the first attempt, the instructor will review the drill attempt with you. You will then have five minutes once your second attempt begins to complete as many subsequent attempts as necessary to successfully pass the drill. If unsuccessful in that five-minute time period, you will be provided a single, final attempt at the end of day 1.

If you choose to participate in the First Look drill assessment AND you are unsuccessful, even after the final attempt at the end of day one, you will not be allowed to do Day 2 Drills for the designated First Look drill.


Important NoteIf you are unsuccessful after a final attempt at the end of Day One or Day Two, the Final Targeted Training remediation process will be initiated, and an APFA Safety & Security Representative will contact you.

We want you to be aware of how this new assessment will be administered before you decide on your participation.

While at CQ, be on the lookout for signage regarding First Look and a QR code to scan with a video containing more information about the process from American Airlines Inflight Training.

If you have any questions about First Look, or about the other types of drill assessments conducted at CQ, please contact us at [email protected].

In Solidarity,

Andrew Rhinehart
APFA National Safety & Security  Chair

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Jeff Petersen
APFA National Contract Chair
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Marti McMillan
APFA National Scheduling Chair
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Phone: (817) 540-0108

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