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Deadhead – including Surface Deadhead

Date: February 12, 2020


Sections 2.E. and 3.I.3.

Some of us may be unfamiliar with a provision in our Contract that is derived from the definition of Deadheading in Section 2.E. That is, the company may transport a Flight Attendant for the purpose of covering or returning from a flight assignment, and this includes travel by ground or surface transportation. Otherwise known as a surface deadhead, the travel time between your domicile/base and the airport of departure becomes part of your pairing. This time generates full flight time pay and credit and is also included in the calculation of any trip or duty rigs that are applicable to the pairing. 

Similar, but somewhat different from crosstown transportation which occurs at a domicile location with co-terminals, the company may transport a Flight Attendant from her/his domicile or base to any airport to cover the irregular operation of a flight or the requirement for a Flight Attendant to meet either FAA minimum or ESG Staffing requirements.  For example, Fort Lauderdale (FLL) is a satellite base. Other airports in the area of FLL are West Palm Beach and Miami.  In the event the need for a crew member(s) develops, the company may require a Flight Attendant to check-in at FLL for transportation to either of these airports to fill the open position.   Upon completion of the pairing, the company is obligated to return the Flight Attendant to her/his base/domicile either by air or similar ground transportation. All such ground transportation must be scheduled within the confines of the applicable duty day(s) outlined in 

Sections 6.S. or 6.T. depending on the type of flying to which the Flight Attendant is assigned.

If you have questions or are unsure if this provision of the Agreement is being properly applied, your first point of contact for clarification should be your Local Council. 

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