Posts Tagged ‘Safety and Security’

1.19.22 – 5G C-Band Network Update #2

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 5G C-Band Network Update #2 Last night, the FAA disclosed that 5G C-band towers would not be activated within a 3-mile radius of 80+ airports. A list of those airports has not yet been made public. This means that there will be very minimal operational impact if any. It is important…

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1.18.22 – 5G C-Band Network Update

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 5G C-Band Network Update By now, most of you have probably heard about the impending launch of 5G by two major telecommunications companies, and the potential impact it could have on airline operations. Those telecommunications companies have since agreed to delay implementation at some airports. While this is a step in…

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12.13.21 – Federal Mask Mandate Update

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Monday, December 13, 2021 Federal Mask Mandate Update The requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, buses, trains, and boats, as well as in airports and other transportation hubs has been extended through March 2022. American Airlines’ Mask policy remains unchanged. The American Airlines mask policy is as follows: Passengers are required to wear a face-covering…

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9.29.21 – Update: FAA Tablet Audits

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Update: FAA Tablet Audits Recently, an APFA Safety & Security hotline went out alerting Flight Attendants to future FAA tablet compliance audits. The FAA has announced their decision to continue permitting Flight Attendants to submit Cabin ASAP reports to be considered for acceptance in the program if their tablet is found to be noncompliant during an audit.…

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9.16.21 – Alert: FAA Tablet Audits

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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…

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8.08.21 – New Methods to Access Your Inflight Manual

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Sunday, August 8, 2021 New Methods to Access Your Inflight Manual With the latest manual revision came significant changes to missing, inoperative, or out-of-date tablet procedures at non-base stations. There are now two new methods of ensuring you have access to the Inflight Manual (IFM) if you find yourself in this situation. If you are…

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7.05.21 – Passenger Misconduct Events

Monday, July 5, 2021 Passenger Misconduct Events As we are all aware, passenger misconduct events—and their severity—are at an all-time high. While there have been some positive strides towards holding unruly passengers accountable for their actions, we will continue to push for stricter policies, heftier punishments, and a faster response to these situations. In the…

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4.09.21 – 737 MAX Update

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Friday, April 9, 2021 737 MAX Update This morning, the Company announced the grounding of seventeen 737 MAX aircraft. This precautionary measure came in light of a directive from Boeing regarding a potential production issue with an electrical component. With APFA’s full support, American removed these aircraft from service out of an abundance of caution until the issue is resolved. Here are…

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4.05.21 – Injured in Turbulence – What Next?

Monday, April 5, 2021 Injured in Turbulence – What Next? If you sustain an injury due to turbulence, notify the Captain immediately and request the turbulence and injury event be documented. If medical treatment is necessary, it is imperative to let the Captain know as soon as possible. If you become injured as a result…

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3.17.21 – SJO Incident

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Yesterday, a crew in SJO was robbed as they drove from the hotel to the airport. The crew was unharmed, albeit shaken up from the incident. Their electronic devices were stolen. After a preliminary investigation by SJO station leadership, Corporate Security, local authorities, and other security partners, there is no evidence…

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2.19.21 – Airbus Seat Blocking

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Friday, February 19, 2021 Airbus Seat Blocking As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, please remember that “C-blocking,” better known as “Seat Blocking” on the Airbus aircraft, is still in place. As a reminder, the seats being “C-blocked” as a result of COVID-19 are selected seats on Airbus aircraft directly in front of or…

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2.04.21 – An Update on the Face-Covering Security Directive

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 An Update on the Face-Covering Security Directive Due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist in reducing the spread of the virus, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has moved forward with a Security Directive effective February 2, 2021. The Presidential Executive Order requires a face mask to be…

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1.30.21 – CQ Information

Saturday, January 30, 2021 CQ Information Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company sought and received an FAA exemption for our annual training requirements. The FAA offered a one-time exemption for qualifications to be extended through the spring and summer of 2020 to facilitate CQ training. There are no FAA plans to allow…

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11.27.20 – Cabin Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)

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Friday, November 27, 2020 Cabin Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) What is Cabin ASAP? The American Airlines Cabin Aviation Safety Action Program (Cabin ASAP) is designed for Flight Attendants to report and the Company to identify and correct specific safety issues at American Airlines. The program provides a voluntary, cooperative, and non-punitive environment for the open self-reporting…

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11.20.20 – 3-1-1 Liquid Rule

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Friday, November 20, 2020 3-1-1 Liquid Rule Recently, a social media post went viral with some incorrect information regarding upcoming changes to the current 3-1-1 liquid rule for Flight Attendants working domestic trips. There is currently no change to the 3-1-1 policy for domestic sequences within the Continental United States. However, Flight Attendants need to be more vigilant about 3-1-1…

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11.09.20 – KCM Outage Canceled

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Monday, November 9, 2020 KCM Outage Canceled Earlier this afternoon, we reported that there was to be a nationwide Known Crewmember (KCM) outage tomorrow due to routine maintenance. Subsequently, we have been informed that the KCM outage for tomorrow has been canceled. In Solidarity, Thomas Houdek APFA National Safety & Security Chair safety@apfa.org Please remember, we…

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11.09.20 – KCM Outages / International COVID-19 Prevention Measures Update

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Monday, November 9, 2020 Known Crewmember Outages There will be a nationwide Known Crewmember (KCM) outage on Tuesday November 10th from 2000 to 2300, due to routine maintenance. Please give yourself additional time to go through regular passenger screening. International COVID-19 Prevention Measures Update Netherlands Lockdown: Effective November 4, the Netherlands will be on lockdown for two…

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11.05.20 – Election Demonstrations

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 Election Demonstrations The Presidential election remains undecided. Demonstrations have been reported in Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. PDX: The National Guard was activated to support law enforcement in downtown Portland after a protest turned violent. Crews continue to overnight in Vancouver, Washington, away from protest activity. MSP: Activists…

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9.12.20 – Injured in Turbulence – What Next?

Saturday, September 12, 2020 Injured in Turbulence – What Next? If you sustain an injury due to turbulence, notify the Captain immediately and request the turbulence and injury event be documented. If medical treatment is necessary, it is imperative to let the Captain know as soon as possible. If you become injured as a result…

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7.22.20 – Double Jumpseat Exemption Expired June 30th

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Double Jumpseat Exemption Expired June 30th The double jumpseat exemption expired effective June 30th, 2020. Due to overwhelming feedback from the membership over limited access to the jumpseat for commuting purposes, APFA and the Company did not seek an extension to the exemption. Although the double jumpseat exemption has expired, the…

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7.14.20 – CQ Training Qualifications Extension Past Grace Month

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 CQ Training Qualifications Extension Past Grace Month   It is important to complete CQ by the requested dates, respective to your base/grace month. If you have circumstances that prevent you from attending CQ for any reason, please contact your FSM. Deferrals will be handled on a case-by-case basis. For Flight Attendants…

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6.20.20 – Turbulence Injuries

Saturday, June 20, 2020 Turbulence Injuries One of the most significant challenges experienced during the summer season is inclement weather, which often leads to turbulence. Whenever encountering turbulence, always remain seated and secure yourself as quickly as possible. If you are in the aisle performing a service, brace the cart by wedging it between aisle…

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5.12.20 – CQ Training and Rescheduled Class Requirements

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 CQ Training and Rescheduled Class Requirements May CQ Training (CQT) classes remain voluntary, but are filling up. Flight Attendants returning from leaves, or who have March or April as their Base Month, will remain plotted in their original scheduled class dates to avoid qualification expiration. If you would like to attend training this…

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5.07.20 – Passenger Count Restrictions / Face Covering Requirements / WBT / Snack Bags / Double Jumpseat Procedures

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 Passenger Counts Restricted to Comply with Onboard Social Distancing American will be capping the number of passengers on each flight now through May 31st, including non-revenue passengers. Fifty percent of middle seats, as well as seats located near Flight Attendant jumpseats, will not be assigned to comply with social distancing guidelines. On…

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4.19.20 – Jumpseat Social Distancing/Safety Demo Exemption/PPE Drawer

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Sunday, April 19, 2020 Jumpseat Social Distancing Safety Demo Exemption Now Approved New Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Drawer Hands-Only CPR  Passenger Seats Blocked May CQT Schedule   Jumpseat Social Distancing The FAA approved our request to temporarily allow social distancing for Flight Attendants assigned to a double jumpseat on the Boeing 737 and A321NX only.…

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