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Travel While on Sick Leave Policy

Date: April 18, 2018
Type: AFA Article

MEC Grievance Committee

Questions persist on the need for Flight Attendants on sick leave status or Medical Leave of Absence to secure “permission” from a supervisor to travel. For clarification purposes, Flight attendants are permitted to travel with no requirement to obtain prior approval from a supervisor. Depending on your status as an employee, that is, active or inactive, travel may be restricted only to online travel and use of the Cabin Jumpseat may be curtailed.

However, it should also be noted that Flight Attendants utilizing travel while on sick leave or Medical Leave of Absence should be aware that management may legitimately question any use of travel that may be perceived as inconsistent with the reason for the illness. Further, management may require a Flight Attendant to provide satisfactory verification of an illness from an accredited physician should circumstance suggest that sick leave has not been appropriately used. 

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.

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