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Hot Aircraft – Responding to Protect Passengers and Crew

Date: July 24, 2019

Summer is in full-swing and temperatures across our route system continue to rise to record setting temperatures. With the rise in outdoor temperatures comes additional risk of heat-related illness.  In addition to the heat, delays and quick turns put additional stress on our bodies. As Flight Attendants, the most important “safety feature” onboard the aircraft, it is critical that we always consider out own needs first. 

While there is not a defined cabin temperature standard, AFA has long recommended that management adopt guidelines from the Temperature Section of the ASHRAE Standard 161-2013, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft.  This voluntary standard recommends that cabin temperature be between 65-75 degrees (F) and not to exceed 80 degrees (F).  A cabin that is too hot or uncomfortable enough to create health concerns should be immediately reported to the Purser and Captain. It is helpful to provide a clear, detailed, and factual description of the cabin conditions. Are passengers complaining? Is anyone feeling or appearing ill?  Be specific and advocate.

If you have a concern that cabin conditions are becoming too unsafe or unhealthy to remain onboard, and you have not received any relief, contact your Local Council Office or the Inflight Duty Manager (IFDM) for assistance. If necessary, do not hesitate to call for medical assistance.  Do not wait until you, a Flying Partner, or passenger begins displaying signs of a heat related disorder. Always follow-up by filing the appropriate report. If you carry a thermometer, you should also report extreme temperature events to AFA. You can learn more about AFA’s efforts to establish aircraft temperature standards and download the 2HOT2COLD app here.

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