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Clarifying the Procedure When Jumpseating on Weight Restricted Flights

Date: April 10, 2018

Section 3.A. of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) was implemented effective October 4, 2016.  For clarification purposes, jumpseat authority will not be denied for to any Flight Attendant(s) if a (physical) jumpseat is available even if the aircraft is weight restricted. The number of Flight Attendants using jumpseat authority on weight restricted flights may be limited to the number of available (physical) jumpseats.

Flight Attendants must adhere to the following procedures:

  • Flight Attendants must check-in for the jumpseat no later than 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. 
  • Flight Attendants who have met the 30 minute check-in shall be awarded available jumpseats in Jumpseat Seniority order. 

Note: In instance where self-service electronic means are not available, Flight Attendants shall have the ability to list and check-in with Customer Service Representatives (CSR) no later than scheduled departure. 

  • Walk-up jumpseating shall be permitted to the extent consistent with the needs of the operation and shall be awarded on a first come first served basis, and only after Flight Attendants who have met the 30 minute check-in have been awarded jumpseats.
  • Available Flight Attendant jumpseat(s) may be awarded prior to awarding non-revenue seats or other jumpseat authority riders. Flight Attendants who decline the award of the jumpseat will be removed from the jumpseat list. The targeted guideline for the award of available jumpseats is 25 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Flight Attendants must have checked-in and be present at the time of the jumpseat award.

When seats are available in the cabin after other stand-by passengers (revenue and non-revenue) have been boarded, Flight Attendants may travel in the cabin on jumpseat authority, even if the jumpseats are occupied, provided that such travel does not displace revenue passengers.

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

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