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Deviating from a Deadhead Segment

Date: June 10, 2020

Section 3.I.12 and 3.I.13

Since the onset of the COVID-19 virus there has been an increase in the number of pairings containing deadhead segments as the company repositions Flight Attendants due to the changes in the company aircraft schedule.

The Contract provisions for deadhead deviation are contained in Sections 3.I.12 and 3.I.13 of our Contract.  It is first important to understand that front end and back end deviation are handled differently.  There are specific procedures that must be followed based on whether you are first segment or last segment deviating and based on your status as a lineholder or a Reserve.

When deviating on the back end, it is important to understand there is a difference with a distinction when you are a “deviating” and when you are asking to be scheduled to “return home early.”  If the company rebooks you to deadhead home early, your pairing will be updated and your duty rigs will be recalculated based on your early arrival home. When requesting to “return home early”, you are waiving your duty period to be sent home ahead of schedule and your pay will be re-calculated based on the revised duty period. 

If, on the other hand, you are simply “deviating”, you will be paid for the duty rig for the pairing based on your scheduled arrival back to base.

Depending on whether you are flying domestic or international, lineholders may be required to “provide notice” to or require approval from Crew Scheduling.   In every instance, a Flight Attendant serving Reserve requires Crew Scheduling approval to deviate.

Section 3.I.12. and 3.I.13. of our Contract, covers first and last segment deadhead deviations. Additional information can be referenced in our  AFA E-Lines publication, dated March 24, 2017 and this includes the detailed steps a Flight Attendant must follow when deviating from the first or last segment of a pairing whether a lineholder or a Reserve.

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