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Reminder to Check for Onboard Resources: COVID-19

Date: April 7, 2020

MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

Flight Attendants continue to operate on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. As essential workers we are placed at a higher risk for exposure while at work. Your Safety, Health and Security Committee has been working around the clock ensuring you have the tools you need to remain safe amid this COVID-19 pandemic, including advocating that Flight Attendants in any market could wear a protective mask, as they felt they needed to. See Inflight Safety alert, dated March 31, 2020, that defines some additional safety measures for your protection, including the recommendation to wear masks before, during, and after flight in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Masks will continue to be supplied in the Inflight Service Kit on all flights, you may also wear cloth masks per the CDC guidance as well. However, the company is requesting that your mask fabric is a solid and neutral color.

Ensure you check for gloves, masks, and sanitizing supplies such as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in conjunction with pre-flight checks. Should you find that your necessary supplies are low or missing altogether follow your chain of command and act accordingly, then file an IOR and check the box to send a copy to AFA.

NOTE: Please do not use your own supplies including bleach and other cleaning agents on the aircraft, as many of these chemicals and specific amounts are regulated. If you need additional disinfecting supplies, please work with your local station ops team.

In every instance, should you have a medical condition that potentially compromises your personal safety or cause you concern, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your personal physician.If you have a family member whose health may be at risk if exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please consult your medical resource

Additionally, every local AFA council has a Safety, Health and Security committee who can assist you with any questions you may have.

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