Flight Attendant Fatigue Policy
July 12, 2019
MEC Communications Committee
The Company Policy on Flight Attendant Fatigue states, “Any Flight Attendant who claims to be too fatigued to fly will be removed from her/his schedule. This will ensure that the safety of our passengers and crew is not compromised. However, any Flight Attendant who claims to be too tired to work must give the company a reason for her/his fatigue. The reason given will be used to determine whether the Flight Attendant’s removal from schedule is documented as excused or unexcused.”
When a Flight Attendant invokes the Fatigue Policy they may be called upon to explain the reason why they were fatigued and should expect to be required to visit a medical facility designated by the company. The company policy on fatigue also includes examples of situations of excused fatigue and unexcused fatigue. An excused absence for fatigue will not be used for disciplinary purposes. Whereas, for an unexcused absence for fatigue attendance points will be assessed and may, in and of itself or in conjunction with other incidents, be used in the assessment of discipline under the attendance policy. The company has defined in their policy what would constitute an “excused” fatigue absence and “unexcused” fatigue absence.