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Flight Attendants: Essential Workers

Date: March 24, 2020

MEC Safety, Health & Security Committee 

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation rapidly changes, some state and local governments are taking the necessary steps to reduce person to person contact through actions such as “sheltering-in-place” and “mandatory curfews”. Flight Attendants should be aware that they are considered essential workers and are therefore exempt from these requirements. 

If you reside in an area that is has a “shelter-in-place” order in effect, print or download the exempt worker certification form verifying you are a United Airlines employee, and exempt from the shelter-in-place order and should be readily available to present to authorities if you are challenged.  

In addition, we are strongly recommending that Flight Attendants who commute do so in Uniform. While there are exemptions for crew in place, being in uniform will likely reduce your risk of being challenged by authorities especially in those locations where shelter in place orders have been put into place.

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