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02 Aug

Spirit Airlines Flight Cancellations Vex Travelers

Aug 2 - The summer of major flight woes continues, leaving Spirit Airlines passengers the latest to be stranded.  The Florida-based budget carrier canceled 261 fli[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 02, 2021

02 Aug

American Airlines, Spirit Airlines Passengers Face Hundreds of Cancellations

Aug 2 - American Airlines, Spirit Airlines passengers face hundreds of cancellations following storms.
  • AFA Article
  • Aug 02, 2021

30 Jul

CQ Due Month Re-bid Reminder

Jul 30 - As the company works to rebalance their CQ training liability and to ensure they can manage the total number of training seats needed in any given month, management has determined that some Flight Attendants may need to re-bid their CQ due month. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

30 Jul

Dependent Verification Process Update

Jul 30 - The company has undertaken a Dependent Eligibility Verification Process that will require a response from those employees notified they are required to provide documentation by August 26, 2021.    
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

30 Jul

Delayed Delivery of Replacement Badges at Bases Across the System

Jul 30 - Currently, the bases are receiving badge shipments about 10-15 days from the end of the month in which the badge expires. If you have a badge that expires at the en[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

30 Jul

Journey of Remembrance to National Flight 93 Memorial Park on September 11

Jul 30 - As we have done for many years, we will attend the September 11th Memorial Observance Ceremony that will be held within the confines of the Flight 93 Memorial Park where[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

30 Jul

Crew Member Self Defense Training Program (CMSDT)

Jul 30 - Working in the aircraft cabin at 35,000 feet and the nature of potential conflict in that environment is unique and often misunderstood by those who aren’t accustomed to[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

30 Jul

Get Connected! Sign up for all Union Communications

Jul 30 - As we begin gearing up for our upcoming Negotiations, it is imperative that all United Flight Attendants have the most up to date information regarding developments in o[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

30 Jul

Catering Operations Changes Ahead

Jul 30 - United announce they would be exploring the option to transition catering operations to other “third party vendors”.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

30 Jul

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Settlement Related to Licensing Agreements

Jul 30 - Last October, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies reached a class action settlement with subscribers related to licensing agreements within the Blue Cross and Blue Shield System. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

30 Jul

White Flag designated at DEN, EWR, IAD, IAH and ORD for July 30, 2021

Jul 30 - As of 8:45 PM CT on July 29, 2021, Friday, July 30, 2021 has been a designated White Flag Day at DEN, EWR, IAD, IAH and ORD.  And, effective 2055CST, July 29, 2021, White Flag had been declared at LAX and SFO.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 30, 2021

29 Jul

American Flight Attendant, Pilot Unions Complain About Lack of Hotel Rooms

Jul 29 - Sleeping at the airport: American Airlines flight attendant, pilot unions complain about lack of hotel rooms.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2021

29 Jul

United won’t be flying to Cape Town as early as expected this year

Jul 29 - The return of United’s seasonal flight between Newark and Cape Town (CPT) has been pushed back by several weeks, and the carrier is scaling back its Newark-Johannesburg service as well. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2021

29 Jul

With Delta extending elite status, will American and United follow suit?

Jul 29 - While all Delta Medallion members can now rest easy, knowing that their status will be valid through Jan. 31, 2023, even if they’re unable to fly, elites at other carriers are likely eager to learn whether or not their program of choice will follow suit.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2021

29 Jul

United Airlines to outsource catering operations from October

Jul 29 - United said it has selected three suppliers to operate the airline's five kitchens and oversee menu design and administration.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2021

29 Jul

Flight Attendants Union Say Airlines Must Do More To Address Unruly Passengers

Jul 29 -  As air travel demand increases, a vast majority of flight attendants say they have dealt with unruly passengers and nearly 1 in 5 experienced a physical incident, inclu[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2021

29 Jul

AA Pilots and Flight Attendants Unions Say They Can’t Find Hotel Rooms

Jul 29 - Flight Attendants and pilots at American Airlines Group Inc. brought complaints against the carrier this week, claiming that the airline has failed to ade[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 29, 2021

27 Jul

Vaccination LOA Reminders

The deadline to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to support August flying has arrived from trips overlapping into the August schedule month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

Cabin Jumpseat (CJA) Etiquette

We recognize the need to work around each other can add to the frustration of working an already full flight, we all work to find the best way to be as far “out of the way” as possible. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

Mid-trip or en Route Sick Leave Compensation

There are some differences in how Reserve and Lineholder Flight Attendants are paid when become ill, before check-in, after check-in and while mid-sequence.  Section 13 of our Contract provides detailed information on how our pay is protected under these circumstances.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

Short Crew Pay

When working a flight with short crew, Flight Attendants are protected by the provisions of our Contract and will be compensated for performing their job and safety duties while understaffed not meeting the company’s established staffing guidelines.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

How Management Can Support Our Summer Operation

Jul 27 - Dependability is vital in creating a positive experience. However, the responsibility for dependability does not just fall on frontline employees.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

UK Airline Industry Calls for Reopening to Vaccinated US Travelers

Jul 27 - Airlines in the United Kingdom and officials from London’s Heathrow Airport are advocating for the reopening of non-essential travel for vaccinated tourists from the United States.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

Now Airlines Are Concerned About Fuel Shortage

Jul 27 - U.S. carriers say there is a fuel shortage afoot, mostly at small to mid-size airports in the west, forcing them to add refueling stops or fly fuel into locations where the supply is tight.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

CDC to recommend masks for vaccinated people in some situations

Jul 27 - The change in guidance comes after COVID-19 cases have risen nationwide, nearly tripling in the past two weeks as the delta variant sweeps the country. More reports of b[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

U.S. will not lift travel restrictions, citing Delta variant, White House says

Jul 27 - The United States will not lift any existing travel restrictions "at this point" due to concerns over the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant and the rising number of U.S. coronavirus cases, the White House confirmed.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

World’s 20 best airlines are named by air safety website

Jul 27 - The airline safety website AirlineRatings.com published its list of “Top Airlines in the World,” which traditionally ranks carriers by safety, in-flight service, passeng[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

27 Jul

Southwest Airlines readies big play for business flyers

Jul 27 - Southwest Airlines readies big play for business flyers as companies ready return to office.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 27, 2021

26 Jul

United Airlines Sends Engine Failure 777 To The Mojave Desert

Jul 26 - You may remember that, in February this year, a United Airlines Boeing 777 suffered a spectacular engine failure over Denver.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2021

26 Jul

Many Airlines Are Ill-Prepared For The Wave Of Returning Passengers

Jul 26 - As millions of Americans return to the skies, some airlines are struggling to meet demand, and deal with a spike in unruly behavior by passengers — mostly over the mask mandate.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2021

26 Jul

American Airlines Is Facing Fuel Shortages At Smaller Airports

Jul 26 - American Airlines is facing fuel shortages at smaller airports, but its planned solution may end up burning more fuel.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2021

26 Jul

Airlines cite concerns about fuel shortages at some airports

Jul 26 - American Airlines says it’s running into fuel shortages at some smaller and mid-size airports, and in some cases the airline will add refueling stops or fly fuel into locations where the supply is tight.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 26, 2021

25 Jul

United Airlines To Keep A Larger Leisure Footprint Post-Crisis

Jul 25 - The airline retrenched and decided to turn to a heavier leisure footprint in the United States. Moving forward, the carrier now plans to keep a larger leisure footprint than it had pre-crisis.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 25, 2021

25 Jul

United Airlines’ Global Services extension

Jul 25 - United Airlines has emailed Global Services members to inform them that their status will be extended by another year, through January 31, 2023.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 25, 2021

24 Jul

Teen Caused United flight To Be Evacuated After He AirDropped Image Of Gun

Jul 24 - A teen caused a United Airlines flight to be evacuated after he AirDropped an image of a gun to other passengers.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 24, 2021

23 Jul

July 25th is Declared White Flag Day in DEN

Jul 23 - July 25th is declared White Flag Day in DEN, meanwhile July 24, 2021 is a designated White Flag Day in IAH and ORD.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

Dependent Verification Process Now in Progress

Jul 23 - As was announced by United management in the July 9, 2021 United Daily publication, United will embark on a Benefits Dependent Verification process of spouses and domest[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

September Special COLA Bidding Now Open

Jul 23 - Inflight Scheduling has determined there will be an opportunity to award additional time off options for the month of September.  If you are interested in taking ad[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

Vaccination Requirements to International Destinations

Jul 23 - As previously reported, effective with the August 2021 bid month, crewmembers are required to be fully vaccinated and have their COVID-19 vaccination information documented in company systems to fly into certain International destinations. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

Help End Human Trafficking: Take the Survey

Jul 23 - AFA is partnering with United Against Slavery in a global effort to end the scourge of human trafficking. As Flight Attendants and aviation's first responders, we are uniquely positioned to identify human traffickers and assist their victims.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

United MEC Votes to Open Contract Negotiations

Jul 23 - The United Master Executive Council unanimously adopted a Resolution for Beginning Direct Bargaining with United Airlines.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

AFA Breast Cancer Awareness Pin

Jul 23 - During the Summer Regular Meeting of the United MEC this past week, a Resolution to create an AFA Breast Cancer Awareness Pin was unanimously adopted[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

Create Your AFA Account on “unitedafa.org” Today!

Jul 23 - Our United MEC Website offers information and support for Members throughout our Union. It is your one stop shop on which you will find the latest updates to our industry, current issues our profession is facing, and matters related to our Contract.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

Vaccination Information Required for NRPS International Travel - August 1, 2021

Jul 23 - Beginning August 1, 2021, the company has announced it will restrict positive space travel for U.S. based employees to and from locations outside the 50 United States an[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

Summer 2021 Regular MEC Meeting Recessed

Jul 23 - The Summer Regular Meeting of United Master Executive Council (MEC) recessed on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at which time an Executive Session (closed) for the leadership [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

23 Jul

Obtaining Past W2 Information – For Separated/Retired Employees

Jul 23 - During the past year, several employees have left the employment of United Airlines.  Several of these former employees have contacted our office asking how they should obtain earnings information for prior years.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 23, 2021

22 Jul

United Airlines ditches cargo-only flights as passengers return

Jul 22 - United Airlines has mostly phased out use of jets for dedicated cargo service, returning them to full-time passenger operation as long-haul travel demand rapidly snaps back from the COVID plunge, Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Nocella said.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2021

22 Jul

United Says Their Newark Operation Is Going To Become A Disaster

Jul 22 - A read out from an employee meeting at United details the headaches the airline is going to face at Newark over the next few months, and what that means from passengers.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2021

22 Jul

Even Airlines Like Southwest Are Having A Harder Time Recruiting New Workers

Jul 22 - Coveted airline jobs are going unfilled as a labor shortage sweeps across the country in an unanticipated wrinkle to the COVID-19 economy. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2021

22 Jul

Hourly Workers Are Demanding Better Pay and Benefits—and Getting Them

Jul 22 - The pandemic was a breaking point for low-wage workers, who are fed up with being treated poorly while barely making enough to get by. Over the past 40 years, while wages hav[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2021

22 Jul

US Airlines Say Spread of "Delta" Variant Isn't Deterring Travelers From Booking

Jul 22 - Rising concern about the fast-spreading delta variant of COVID-19 is creating turbulence for the stocks of big travel companies, but airline executives say the[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 22, 2021

21 Jul

Only One U.S. Airline Ranked Among The 10 Best in the World!

Jul 21 - Airlines’ track records amid the COVID-19 pandemic factored in the new ranking.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 21, 2021

21 Jul

4 Things That Stood Out On United’s Earnings Call

Jul 21 - United Airlines held its second-quarter earnings call on Tuesday, part of a quarterly routine carried out by publicly traded companies. During the call, execut[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 21, 2021

21 Jul

MEC President Letter - United MEC Votes to Open Contract Negotiations

Jul 21 - The United Master Executive Council Votes Unanimously to Open Contract Negotiations with United Airlines.
  • MEC President Letter
  • Jul 21, 2021

21 Jul

United Airlines shares jump on upbeat outlook on demand despite delta variant

Jul 21 - United said it expects to return to a pretax profit in the third quarter.  CEO Scott Kirby said the carrier isn’t seeing an impact to bookings from the Delta variant.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 21, 2021

20 Jul

MEC Central Schedule Committee SWLOF Report

The Line Review (SWLOF) meeting for July 2021 to review the August 2021 line recommendations was held remotely due to the ongoing challenges by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Report
  • Jul 20, 2021

20 Jul

Jul 21 2021 - White Flag Day for DEN, IAD, IAH & ORD.

JUL 21 -  July 21, 2021 has been designated as a White Flag Day for DEN, IAD, IAH & ORD.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2021

20 Jul

As Fares Rise and Rates Plummet, "CALI" Rideshare Drivers Are Staging a Strike

Jul 20 - On Wednesday, July 21, rideshare drivers across the state will be staging a strike to demand the right to unionize and for the passage of the PRO Act. The strike, o[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2021

20 Jul

UAL narrows losses, plans to ramp up flying to meet strong travel demand

Jul 20 - United Airlines on Tuesday reported higher second-quarter revenue thanks to a resurgence in air travel, the latest carrier to issue a brightening outlook for one of the pandemic’s most battered sectors.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2021

20 Jul

Self Help 101- Your Rest Matters

Jul 20 - Our Contract provides protection to ensure when things go wrong that we have solutions at our disposal to place our needs, safety, and rest first.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2021

20 Jul

Day 1 of the Summer MEC Meeting

Jul 20 - Today, July 20, 2021 concluded the first day of the Regularly Scheduled United Master Executive Council (MEC) Summer Meeting. Reports and updates were given by our MEC O[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2021

20 Jul

CQ Rebid Reminder

Jul 20 - Flight Attendants with a recurrent training date (CQ) that falls within February 2022 – July 2022 or July 2021 will be required to bid for a new “due” month in which to [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2021

20 Jul

Clarifying the International Purser Recruitment Announcement

Jul 20 - Management will continue to clear International Purser qualified Flight Attendants from the waitlist at the base created as a result of the processing of transfers to th[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2021

20 Jul

Reserve Timeline Calendar for August 2021

Jul 20 - If awarded or assigned a Reserve line for the August 2021 bid month, there are various scheduling request deadlines and processes that occur during the period between bid awards and through the first week of the new month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 20, 2021

19 Jul

World's best airlines for 2021, ranked by AirlineRatings.com

Jul 19 - As air travel returns in some regions, AirlineRatings.com has released its annual round-up of the world's best carriers, ready to help fliers decide which airline to choose for their return to the skies.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 19, 2021

19 Jul

Airline Stocks, Boeing Tumble as Covid Cases Climb

Jul 19 - Shares of airlines and Boeing slipped in a market sell-off amid the spread of Covid-19.  U.S. travel bookings have surged since the spring and early summer demand.  Airlines have pushed the Biden administration to loosen international travel restrictions.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 19, 2021

19 Jul

System Reserve Meeting Report - July 2021

The System Reserve Meeting with United Airlines was held on June 15, 2021 via Microsoft Teams™. 
  • Report
  • Jul 19, 2021

18 Jul

U.S. Airlines Got $39 Billion In Payroll Support. They Deserved Every Penny.

Jul 18 - Congress provided $39 billion to pay the salaries of tens of thousands of employees at passenger airlines during the pandemic.  It looks like a good investment, one that both helped the U.S. economy and assured flight availability this summer.  
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2021

18 Jul

MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

Mixed Base Flying Assignments, Frequency Flying Changes, International Check-in time exceptions, Variable Staffing, HNL High Line Averages, Departure time difference GUM-HNL,&[...]
  • Report
  • Jul 18, 2021

18 Jul

CQ Due Month Realignment Bid Poster

Jul 18 - Due to the number of Flight Attendants returning from voluntary/involuntary furlough in 2021, United is realigning CQ due month for nearly 6050 Flight Attendant system wide.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2021

18 Jul

July 18, 2021 - White Flag Declared at DEN, EWR, IAD & ORD

Jul 18 - July 18, 2021 has been designated as a White Flag Day in DEN, EWR, IAD and ORD. Flight Attendants straight picking up a pairing from CCS OPEN TIME after the posting of th[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 18, 2021

17 Jul

Key Senator Questions Airline Bosses Over $54 Billion in Pandemic Aid

Jul 17 - Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) issued letters to CEOs asking why they appeared not to be prepared for travelers returning to the skies
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2021

17 Jul

Senator asks airlines about worker shortages after billions in U.S. bailouts

Jul 17 - The chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has asked the chief executives of six airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways to explain reported worker shortages despite receiving billions in pandemic bailouts.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 17, 2021

16 Jul

FAA orders inspections of all 737s; airlines expect no operational disruption

Jul 16 - The FAA this week issued a directive to all airlines operating the Boeing 737, mandating new inspections on a switch that controls cabin pressure. The good news: summer travelers shouldn’t see any impact.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

Reserve Timeline Calendar for August 2021

Jul 16 - For your convenience, we have compiled a Reserve bid month timeline detailing these items in both calendar and list formats in the Reserve section on our website.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

NRPS Travel to New York (EWR/LGA) continues through July 18

Jul 16 - As a reminder, United is offering positive space travel to maintain the needs of the operation in direct response to the significant weather events forecasted for the greater New York area.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

Clarifying Recent Scope Article

Jul 16 - We’ve received some questions about an article we included in last week’s edition of Debrief that we want to clarify.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

International Purser Recruitment Announcement

Jul 16 - United announced this week, due to resumption of service in the International markets, the International Purser program will be expanded to include new entrants. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

Summer Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council

Jul 16 - The Summer Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council will take place, in person, July 20-21, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

Cabin Temperature Monitoring – It’s about Safety!

Jul 16 - A hot aircraft can cause fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and in extreme cases, could escalate to the point of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

My Safety App Launched

Jul 16 - The My Safety App has been pushed to our Link devices as an added tool for our use in completing Irregular Operations Reports (IOR) and Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP) reports. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

Viral Vigilance

Jul 16 - As hopeful as we all have been that the impact of the COVID-19 virus is behind us, you’ve likely seen the news that the number of cases of the virus, fueled by the Delta variant, is increasing, especially in places where vaccination rates are low.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

Addition of the B737 MAX 8 Aircraft to United’s Fleet

Jul 16 - The first B737 MAX 8 (37E) aircraft will join United’s fleet of aircraft on July 16, 2021 initially operating from IAH to LAS. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

White and Purple Flag Declarations

Jul 16 - Management recently designated White Flag Days in DEN, IAH and ORD. White Flag is declared when management identifies coverage concerns for specific days, at specific locations where coverage might be tight.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

American Airlines Recalls Crew On Voluntary Leave, Plans Hiring - Letter

Jul 16 - American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it has asked about 3,300 flight attendants on voluntary leave to return by the holiday travel season to meet rising customer demand, according to a letter to staff reviewed by Reuters.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

American Airlines Cancels Flight Attendants’ Voluntary Leaves, Plans To Hire 800

Jul 16 - American is canceling voluntary leaves of 3,300 flight attendants, calling them back by the end of the year.  The carrier also plans to hire 800 new flight attendants by March 2022.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

16 Jul

The Apps and Websites You Need for International Travel During Covid

Jul 16 - Tips for finding entry requirements, digitizing documents and expediting check-in now that travel abroad is becoming possible again.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 16, 2021

15 Jul

As Travel Rebounds, Airlines Are Figuring It Out on the Fly

Jul 15 - Business destinations are out, tourist spots are in. The old rules governing fares and flight schedules have been thrown out the window.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2021

15 Jul

Japan asks airlines to halt new bookings as Olympic traffic rises

Jul 15 - The Japanese government has asked airlines to halt new bookings by the general public for flights arriving in Japan during the period when arrivals of athletes and delegation officials for the Tokyo Olympics increase, according to sources close to the matter.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2021

15 Jul

Biden keeps Trump’s travel ban on Europeans

Jul 15 - European governments are growing increasingly frustrated with the Biden administration for refusing to lift travel rules that prevent most of their citizens from tr[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2021

15 Jul

Pilot Sues Delta for $1 Billion Claiming the Airline Stole Crew App

Jul 15 - Captain Craig Alexander says he developed app for flight crews.  He claims Delta stole and used his technology in its own tool
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 15, 2021

14 Jul

Massive flight delays, cancellations prompt finger-pointing

Jul 14 - Airlines are racking up an unprecedented number of delays and flight cancellations just months after Congress gave the industry $54 billion so that carriers could retain[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 14, 2021

14 Jul

United Agrees to Buy Up 200 Electric Aircraft

Jul 14 - The major airline announced that it invested in Heart Aerospace, a Sweden-based electric aircraft startup, and agreed to buy up to 200 electric planes.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 14, 2021

14 Jul

Delta Air Lines Is Profitable Again. American Airlines Is Turning a Corner.

Jul 14 - Airlines are getting back to profitability for the first time since the pandemic struck.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 14, 2021

13 Jul

Attendance Bonus Points – How are they Applied?

Jul 13 - Bonus point(s) serve as an incentive that is used during certain peak travel periods to recognize those who support the operation during that time frame.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 13, 2021

13 Jul

Emailing your Bid Card

Jul 13 - When placing your bid on file it is a good practice to also email yourself a copy of your bids. This gives you an opportunity to review and verify that what you have entered accurately captures what you intended to bid. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 13, 2021

13 Jul

Lineholders May Release Sick Leave Pairings in Advance of 8hrs to Departure

Jul 13 - A Flight Attendant who wants to release her/his sick leave pairing can do so by notifying the Flight Attendant Support Team (FAST), when calling to place yourself on[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 13, 2021

13 Jul

Reminder: COVID-19 Pandemic Temporary Commuter Program Cancelled

Jul 13 - The temporary requirement for Flight Attendants be listed on one (1) flight is no longer permissible and a requirement to be listed for a secondary flight will again be required starting July 15, 2021.  No other provisions of Section 28 were modified.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 13, 2021

13 Jul

Update: Positive Space Travel for EWR, JFK and LGA

Jul 13 - Due to the significant weather events forecast for the greater New York area, United is offering positive space to maintain the needs of the operation. To be eligible, Flight Attendants must be commuting to be in position to operate trips July 12-18.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 13, 2021

13 Jul

Flight Attendant Disaster Relief Fund

Jul 13 - If you have been affected by this or another natural disaster, your Union stands ready to provide immediate assistance through our Flight Attendant Disaster Relief Fund.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 13, 2021

12 Jul

Woman is duct-taped to her seat after trying to open plane door midflight

Jul 12 - American Airlines confirmed the incident in a statement sent to The Washington Post on Sunday, saying that as the commotion developed, the crew reported a “potential sec[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 12, 2021

11 Jul

United CEO: My guess is airline mask mandate will expire in September

Jul 11 - United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby on Sunday predicted that the mask mandate for airline passengers will be allowed to expire in September.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 11, 2021

10 Jul

Why Biden's executive order targeting airlines is a big deal for passengers

Jul 10 - President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order geared towards promoting competition across various sectors of the United States economy. A portion of the[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 10, 2021

09 Jul

CQ Due Month Imbalance

Jul 9 - The recent return of over 9,000 of our flying partners who successfully completed their qualification training(s) has resulted in a “re-set” of their individual CQ due mo[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 09, 2021

09 Jul

The Value of Our Contractual Scope Language

Jul 9 - Just as we should not perform work that is assigned to other airport employees such as customer service, aircraft cleaners, ramp, mechanics or pilots in violation of thei[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 09, 2021

09 Jul

Base Transfer Guidelines

Jul 9 - Recently, the company has awarded over 200 Flight Attendant transfers to DEN, EWR, and HNL. Flight Attendants are reminded, under the provisions of Section 17 of our Cont[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 09, 2021

09 Jul

Turbulence: Protect Yourself

Jul 9 - Seasonal changes can bring about weather-related turbulence. A reminder of the issues that result from turbulence is timely. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 09, 2021

09 Jul

Flight Time or Holding Time following a Diversion

Jul 9 - Recent adverse weather conditions across the country have resulted in the diversion of flights to cities where the aircraft were not intended to land. Section 2.P. o[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 09, 2021

09 Jul

Known Crew Member (KCM) is Accessible Only for "Active" Crewmembers

Jul 9 - Keep in mind that when returning to active status there will be a delay in updating your status to “active” which may result in your inability to use KCM access. In most insta[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 09, 2021

08 Jul

FAA Seeks Thousands In Fines From Disruptive Airline Travelers

Jul 8 - FAA says traveler called in fake plane hijacking threats, another punched a woman holding a baby.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 08, 2021

07 Jul

System Reserve Meeting Report - June 2021

The System Reserve Meeting with United Airlines was held on June 17, 2021 via Microsoft Teams™.
  • Report
  • Jul 07, 2021

07 Jul

TSA screenings surpass 2019 levels in pandemic first

Jul 7 - TSA screenings surpass 2019 levels in pandemic first as airlines, airports scramble to staff
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 07, 2021

07 Jul

United says that '100%' of customers will be able to bring carry-on bags

Jul 7 - United says that '100%' of customers will be able to bring carry-on bags as part of its massive fleet upgrades.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 07, 2021

06 Jul

American, Southwest Airlines Surge in Flight Delays Hint at Hard Summer

Jul 6 - This summer is already shaping up to be a difficult one for air travelers.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2021

06 Jul

Charlotte Flight to Bahamas Canceled When High Schoolers Refuse to Wear Masks

Jul 6 - Dozens of passengers experienced a nightmare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Monday, telling Channel 9's Glenn Counts that first mechanical problems and then a group of people refusing to wear masks left them stranded in the Queen City.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2021

06 Jul

Early Boarding

Jul 6 - Operational and weather delays, often associated with summer flying, and the corporate drive on maintaining our operational performance may lead to requests for Flight Attendants to early board the aircraft.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2021

06 Jul

Summer Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council

Jul 6 - The Summer Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council will take place, in person, in Rosemont, Illinois July 20-22, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2021

06 Jul

Verify Your Personal Address in Company Records is Accurate

Jul 6 - As many of us transition back to the line now might be the perfect time to remind everyone to take a moment to verify all your contact information is current in CCS and in company records via Flying Together.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2021

06 Jul

A Return to Our Traditional Boarding & Deplaning Processes

Jul 6 - United has now determined they will change the deplaning process. Beginning July 6, 2021, we will return to our previous deplaning procedures. There will no longer be a need to make announcements asking customer to deplane by groups or specific rows.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 06, 2021

05 Jul

Positive Space: Florida Travel Advisory July 6 & 7

Jul 5 - Due to the significant weather events forecasted for the state of Florida, in advance of Hurricane Elsa, United is offering positive space to maintain the needs of the operation.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 05, 2021

04 Jul

MEC Hotel and Transportation Report

MEC Hotel and Transportation Report - July 4, 2021
  • Report
  • Jul 04, 2021

04 Jul

Independence Day

Jul 4 - America was built on the idea of freedom. When the 13 colonies came together two hundred and forty-four years ago to declare their independence from the British Monarchy, our ancestors knew they would face a difficult and dangerous road filled with many challenges.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 04, 2021

03 Jul

United Airlines' Growth Strategy Looks Too Ambitious

Jul 3 - Management clearly recognizes the key shortcomings that have weighed on United Airlines' financial performance over the past decade. The company's growth plan tackles those is[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 03, 2021

03 Jul

Transportation Department readies new airline consumer protections

Jul 3 - The way airlines handle extra, optional fees -- such as the charges to check a bag or reserve a specific seat -- could change under a set of rules being developed by the Biden administration.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 03, 2021

03 Jul

Two months after launch, Avelo cuts destination cities, raises prices

Jul 3 - Just over two months after launching operations, US start-up carrier Avelo Airlines is pulling back service to several of its launch cities, and raising prices.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 03, 2021

02 Jul

United Charter Opportunity

Jul 2 - As communicated in the June 23 Inflight Services Weekly, United has announced that the Inflight Charter program is now accepting applications.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 02, 2021

02 Jul

The Teamsters Are Coming For Amazon

Jul 2 - Unions across the U.S. are raising their voices in support of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters recent announcement that they are “coming for Amazon” and seeking to improve the quality of the workers’ lives through Unionization.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 02, 2021

02 Jul

United Re-Introduces Alcohol to Flights Over 200 Miles

Jul 2 - In Wednesday’s edition of Inflight Services Weekly, United announced the upcoming expansion of the sale of alcohol on flights over 200 miles and will add contactless payment to support the sale of alcoholic beverages. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 02, 2021

02 Jul

United’s My Safety App

Jul 2 - In United’s ISW edition this week, it was announced that this July, the company will launch the My Safety app that will provide Flight Attendants with the ability to submit IOR and ISAP reports through new functionality using our Link devices.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 02, 2021

02 Jul

United COVID-19 Testing Requirement Update

Jul 2 - This week United distributed a series of Safety Alerts regarding changes to COVID-19 testing requirements for certain international flights.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 02, 2021

01 Jul

United Airlines’ Big Aircraft Order Has Upsides And Risks

Jul 1 - This order has some significant risks, also, and has implications for domestic U.S. capacity, affects on competition, airline labor markets, and the regional airline industry.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 01, 2021

01 Jul

United Airlines Plans Newark Ramp Up With Focus On The Long-Term

Jul 1 - As the airline navigates out of the crisis, United will be ramping up Newark, with plans to cross 400 departures per day by November and commit to long-term, sustainable growth. Here’s what the airline has in store.
  • AFA Article
  • Jul 01, 2021

30 Jun

Teamsters vote to create dedicated Amazon division to unionize workers

Jun 30 - Union members vote to create a dedicated division to take on the e-commerce giant.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 30, 2021

29 Jun

United Airlines Plans a Record Fleet Expansion as Travel Rebounds

Jun 29 - The carrier is ordering 270 single-aisle planes from Boeing and Airbus, signaling confidence that the pandemic is receding and travelers will spend on premium service.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

Random Alcohol Testing of Flight & Cabin Crew Flying in & out of Europe

As of February 14, 2021, new requirements for random alcohol testing of flight and cabin crewmembers as introduced by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1042 have begun within European Union Member States.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

Flight PAC

FlightPAC is the Association of Flight Attendants Political Action Committee (PAC). It is funded by the voluntary contributions of eligible AFA members. FlightPAC enables us, as a Union, to offe[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

August One and Three-Month Special COLAs Deadline Extension Now July 6

United is offering one (1) and three (3) month Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLA) consistent with the requirements of our Contract.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

Survey of Your Experience with Unruly Passengers

As part of our push for stricter and more reliable legislation to enforce passenger safety and compliance with regulations in the skies, on June 25, 2021 AFA International launched a platform to co[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

2HOT2COLD - Monitoring Cabin Temperature

A warm aircraft can quickly become a hot aircraft during boarding putting both crew and passengers in our care at risk of symptoms such, fatigue and dizziness that could escalate to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

Filing a Local Council Worksheet

In our ongoing effort to address website security concerns, changes were recently made to the Reports and Forms section of our www.unitedafa.org website.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

A Celebration of Pride

Pride encompasses a diverse community. It symbolizes a different meaning for every person that celebrates this inclusive community. While Pride is celebrated through the month of June the changing dynamics of the world and their support of the movement influence how Pride is celebrated.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

United Returns to Profitability & Announces Transformational United Next Plan

Yesterday, United CEO Scott Kirby sent out a message letting us know that United is profitable for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic; predicting a pre-tax earnings profit in July.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

United Airlines is planning a record expansion of its aircraft fleet.

Jun 29 - United Airlines announced that it was ordering 270 single-aisle planes from Boeing and Airbus, the biggest aircraft purchase in the airline’s history and the largest in the United States in a decade.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

29 Jun

Coming soon to all United flights: Seatback entertainment screens

Jun 29 - United Airlines is making a big bet on inflight entertainment as part of a major post-pandemic plan announced Tuesday.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 29, 2021

28 Jun

California Bans State Travel to Florida... due to discrimanatory LQBTQ+ laws

ABC 30 Action News June 28, 2021 SAN FRANCISCO -- California added five more states, including Florida, to the list of places where state-funded travel is banned bec[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 28, 2021

28 Jun

Budget-cutting airlines are contemplating long-haul flights with just one pilot

Jun 28 - There might be just one pilot in the cockpit on your long-haul flight someday, if testing by Airbus is deemed a success.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 28, 2021

27 Jun

EU airlines, airports warn digital COVID-19 certificate roll-out risks chaos

Jun 27 - Groups representing Europe's largest airlines and airports have warned of chaos and hours-long queues unless countries better coordinate the roll-out of the EU's digital COVID-19 certificate and ensure passengers are processed before arriving at airports.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 27, 2021

26 Jun

Airlines, unions want DOJ to prosecute unruly passengers

Jun 26 - Increased political divisions and conflict over pandemic guidelines have led the Federal Aviation Administration to take some form of enforcement action over 400 times in the first five months of 2021, compared to 146 in all of 2019, according to the coalition.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 26, 2021

25 Jun

Union Representation Rights Lawsuit

Jun 25 - AFA filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday in our ongoing effort to protect the representation rights of United Flight Attendants. Our la[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 25, 2021

25 Jun

July 4 / Halloween Holiday Point Credit

Jun 25 - In an effort to recognize Flight Attendants with perfect attendance during the upcoming 4th of July holiday period July 1, 2021 through July 7, 2021 and during the [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 25, 2021

25 Jun

Travel While On Sick Leave

Jun 25 - As we head into a busy summer travel season and travel to more destinations becomes possible, we offer the following review as it pertains to a Flight Attendant’s ability to travel while on sick leave.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 25, 2021

25 Jun

Reserve Timeline Calendar for July 2021

Jun 25 - If awarded or assigned a Reserve line for the July bid month, there are various scheduling request deadlines and processes that occur during the period between bid awards and through the first week of the new month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 25, 2021

25 Jun

When filing an IOR Form Remember to “Copy to AFA”

Jun 25 - It’s imperative that when filing an Irregular Operations Report (IOR) report with the company, always select the ‘Yes’ option, located in the middle of the form, to ensure a copy of the report is provided to AFA.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 25, 2021

25 Jun

International Purser Recurrent Training (PRT21) Preference Month Bidding

Jun 25 - Preference month bidding for International Purser recurrent training opened as of 8:00 AM CT this morning and will close on July 9, 2021 at 8:00 AM CT. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 25, 2021

24 Jun

American Airlines Shouldn’t Have Been Bailed Out

Jun 24 - On the latest Pivot podcast, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway discuss the case of American Airlines, which, despite a federal bailout, finds itself in a similar situation as many other businesses.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 24, 2021

24 Jun

Airlines Face a Bailout Backlash

Jun 24 - They, and other companies that took pandemic rescue money, face new demands in return for their rescues.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 24, 2021

24 Jun

The FAA wants the airline industry to fight decades of sexism on airplanes

Jun 24 -  The FAA wants the airline industry to fight decades of sexism on airplanes by removing words like 'Cockpit,' 'Airman,' and 'Unmanned'.  An FAA committee released a report recommending airlines shift to gender neutral language.   
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 24, 2021

23 Jun

United Airlines to Allow Basic-Economy Passengers to ‘Upgrade’ to Standard Coach

Jun 23 - United Airlines said it would allow passengers to upgrade and makes changes to their basic-economy tickets, something that no airline has previously permitted.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 23, 2021

23 Jun

Airlines urged to tighten Airbus A320 checks after COVID storage

Jun 23 - Regulators have called for more rigorous checks when pulling some Airbus (AIR.PA) jets out of pandemic storage, following flawed cockpit readings that can suggest blocked sensors.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 23, 2021

23 Jun

Southwest Names the Airline’s Next Chief Executive

Jun 23 - After nearly two decades leading the airline, Gary C. Kelly, Southwest’s chief executive, will step down next year, the airline said on Wednesday. He will be replaced by[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 23, 2021

23 Jun

Airlines ask Justice Dept. for criminal crackdown on out-of-control passengers

Jun 22 - A coalition of airline industry groups has asked the Justice Department to “commit to the full and public prosecution of onboard acts of violence” as bad behavior by passengers continues to rise.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 23, 2021

23 Jun

UPDATE - Frontier Rescinds 'COVID Recovery Charge'

Jun 23 - UPDATE Budget airline Frontier has rescinded some COVID-19 safety costs to passengers.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 23, 2021

22 Jun

Service Guidelines Clarification

JUN 22 -  We understand with the frequent adjustments to service it may be difficult to keep up, but there are tools available to help manage the changes. United has include[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

DEN Bulk Boarding Procedure Require Clarification

JUN 22 - Flight Attendants passing through Denver (DEN) will notice a change in on board provisioning. In a recent company alert, United notified Flight Attendants that due to a [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

Location Specific Vaccine Requirements

Jun 22 - Safety, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been at the forefront of everything we do. From successfully legislating required masks on planes to ensuring Members have a[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

Aviation Stakeholders Fight for Worker Safety

Jun 22 - AFA cosigned a letter, along with other aviation stakeholders including Airlines for America (A4A), urging stricter use of the current language to hold passengers accountable for their actions while traveling as a passenger on a commercial airliner.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

Take Control of your Financial Future and Retirement, Fidelity 401(k)

Jun 22 - We suggest making it a habit to review the status of your 401(k) account at least twice a year. Under our plan, you are eligible for guidance and support from Fidelity Investments financial counselors. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

Welcome to AFA Debrief!

Jun 22- Almost 20 years ago, we enhanced and supplemented our telephonic Dear AFA communications with AFA E-Lines, which was our first email “news” distribution platform.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

Hotel Rooms for Layovers and Sits in Excess of Four (4) Hours

Jun 22 - Remember, that the requirement for a hotel room does not apply when there is a “creeping delay,”nor does it apply when a layover of less than four (4) hours is pre-sched[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

Summer Flying - Carry Your Contract & Reserve Survival Guides

Jun 22 - To protect ourselves during this time, we should all carry our Contract and know our Contractual legalities. This is especially true for Reserve Flight Attendants who are more frequently subject to reassignments when these irregularities occur unexpectedly.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

Contractual Cab Reimbursement Provided When Required During Designated Hours

Jun 22 - Section 5.D.2.a. of our Contract provides Flight Attendants with a ten-dollar ($10.00) reimbursement.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

22 Jun

Group Universal Life (GUL) Auto Enrollment

Jun 22 - For Flight Attendants returning from Leaves of Absence (LOA), including those returning from Special COLAs, auto-enrollment in Group Universal Life Coverage (GUL), admin[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 22, 2021

21 Jun

Latest FAA Reform Gives Workers New Way to Report Safety Flaws

Jun 21 - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Monday unveiled what it calls the Voluntary Safety Reporting Program. The 7,400 people working at FAA’s Aviation Sa[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 21, 2021

20 Jun

Tight Labor Market Returns the Upper Hand to American Workers

Jun 20 - Employers competing for low-wage workers are offering signing bonuses and other perks
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 20, 2021

20 Jun

Happy Father's Day!

Jun 20 - Happy Father's Day!   We celebrate you today!
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 20, 2021

20 Jun

The History Of United Airlines’ Livery

Jun 20 - Chicago-based US legacy carrier and Star Alliance member United Airlines has a long, rich history dating back nearly a century. During this time, its livery has experien[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 20, 2021

19 Jun

'Unprecedented' Violence as Travel Returns and Passenger Aggression Soars

Jun 19 - Flight attendants describe 'unprecedented' violence as travel returns and passenger aggression soars
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 19, 2021

18 Jun

COVID-19 Pandemic Temporary Commuter Program Cancelled

Jun 18 -   Inflight management has expressed a view that the airline schedule has improved to the point that the circumstances which called for the original modificatio[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 18, 2021

18 Jun

Employee Uniform Appearance Standard Revisions Intended to Modernize and Include

Jun 18 - United management announced revised appearance standards for uniformed, “customer-facing employees,” including Flight Attendants and Customer Service Representatives, that will be revised and effective as of September 1, 2021.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 18, 2021

18 Jun

June is National Safety Month

Jun 18 - June is National Safety Month (NSM), and this year is the 25th anniversary of NSM.  The National Safety Council (NSC) launched National Safety Month in 1996 to prom[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 18, 2021

18 Jun

Air Travel’s Quick Rebound Is Straining Agents, Airlines and Airports

Jun 18 - Airline and airport executives say they anticipated that vaccines and easing restrictions would stoke renewed appetite for travel, but the speed and magnitude of the resurgence has exceeded their expectations. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 18, 2021

17 Jun

July 2021 Reserve Calendar

Jun 17 - If awarded or assigned a Reserve line for the July bid month, there are various scheduling request deadlines and processes that occur during the period between bid awards and through the first week of the new month.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 17, 2021

17 Jun

United Airlines Benefits Center Closed Friday, June 18th!

Jun 17 - A message has been added to the United Airlines Benefits Center system letting callers know that they will be closed, and callers will hear a “closed for the holiday” me[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 17, 2021

16 Jun

The Amazon That Customers Don’t See: Inside A Key Warehouse During the Pandemic

Jun 16 - In contrast to its precise, sophisticated processing of packages, Amazon’s model for managing people — heavily reliant on metrics, apps and chatbots — was uneven and str[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 16, 2021

15 Jun

Show Your Pride!

Jun 15 - As we continue to come together in support of the LGBTQ community, Flight Attendants are encouraged to demonstrate their solidarity by proudly displaying the AFA Pride P[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 15, 2021

15 Jun

Line Operations Safety Assessment (LOSA) Program versus Service Line Checks

Jun 15 - This article was originally published on June 11 and has been updated for clarity and to provide additional information.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 15, 2021

15 Jun

International Purser Required Training Preference Bid Period

Jun 15 - Flight Attendants who are International Purser Qualified (FSL) (including those who are active, surplus, and on the transfer list) must bid for a preference month in which to attend the 2021 International Purser Recurrent Training (IPRT21).
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 15, 2021

15 Jun

August 1 and 3 Month Special COLA Deadline June 25

Jun 15 - In keeping with the provisions of our JCBA, for the August 2021 bid month, United is offering one (1) and three (3) month Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLA).
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 15, 2021

15 Jun

US Independence Day is a Paid Holiday

Jun 15 - We remind everyone of the upcoming Contractual holiday U.S. Independence Day (July 4th) as set forth in Section 2.Q of our Contract. Flight Attendants receive additional pay for flight assignments flown on designated holidays as outlined in Section 2.Q
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 15, 2021

15 Jun

Deviating from a Deadhead Segment

Jun 15 - Deadhead deviations are outlined in Section 3.I.12 and 3.I.13 of our Contract. Firstly, it is important to understand the difference between front and back end deviation[...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 15, 2021

14 Jun

How Airlines Can Cut Costs — Without Annoying Customers

Jun 14 - Airlines can use frequent flyer miles in an “a-la-carte options” approach to reduce those costs that are under their control without annoying customers. In fact, they can make customers equally well or better off.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 14, 2021

14 Jun

Airline Stocks Have Soared. They're Not In The Clear Yet...

Jun 14 - US airline stocks have jumped in 2021 on growing optimism about the return of travel.  Carriers are still under significant financial duress, however.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 14, 2021

13 Jun

One of the Changes Flight Attendants Hope Will Stay In Place As Travel Rebounds

Jun 13 - Some airlines still aren't selling alcohol aboard flights, and it's one of the changes flight attendants hope will stay in place as travel rebounds
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 13, 2021

12 Jun

Airlines Seeing Unprecedented Rise In Disruptive Passengers- It Could Get Worse!

Jun 12 - Airlines have seen an unprecedented rise in disruptive passengers. Experts say it could get worse.  Shoves, shouts, flying fists and mask defiance: Bad behavior by air travelers is reaching new heights.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 12, 2021

11 Jun

The Stonewall Uprising – Origin of Modern LGBTQ+ Rights Movement & Pride Month

Jun 11 - Pride Month traces its origins to the first anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 11, 2021

11 Jun

International SOS Medical Assistance

Jun 11 - United Airlines has a contract with International SOS to provide security and medical assistance to its employees and crews in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 11, 2021

11 Jun

Line Operations Safety Assessment (LOSA) Program versus Service Line Checks

Jun 11 - As with LOSA, the Service Line Check program is non-punitive.  However, unlike LOSA, the Service Line Check is not voluntary and is not conducted by peers.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 11, 2021

11 Jun

Obtaining PRC Visas Required for Travel to China

Jun 11 - We have been monitoring reports from Flight Attendants attempting to secure the PRC Visa required to travel to China.  Currently, the only domicile assigned flying [...]
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 11, 2021

11 Jun

Drug and Alcohol Testing is a Regulatory Requirement While on Duty

Jun 11 - It has been determined by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that Flight Attendants perform safety-sensitive functions and are, therefore, subject to random drug and alcohol testing that is required under DOT regulations.
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 11, 2021

11 Jun

Safety Reminders as We Return to the Cabin

Jun 11 - As we return to full cabins, we must retain that focus and heighten our awareness of how much we rely on each other and the value of teamwork in operating each flight to which we are assigned, safely. 
  • AFA Article
  • Jun 11, 2021