Requirement to Don Oxygen Mask and Life Vest Reinstated
June 4, 2021
The temporary COVID-19 FAA Exemption that allowed Flight Attendants to refrain from donning oxygen masks and life vests during safety demonstrations has expired. As a result, effective June 1, 2021, Flight Attendants are, once again, required to “fully demonstrate” the oxygen mask and life vest when performing live safety demonstrations. Donning both the oxygen mask and the life vest is a requirement to comply with FAA regulations. This reinstatement is yet another indication that we are coming out of the pandemic.
Flight Attendants are welcome to sanitize and disinfect this safety equipment prior to donning it using the Clorox wipes provided on the aircraft. Please remember to maintain your face covering in place while donning the oxygen mask during the safety demonstration. However, should you experience an actual decompression, you should remove face coverings, put on the nearest oxygen mask, and secure yourself.
The COVID-19 Announcement Guide has been revised to remove the language that Flight Attendants will not be demonstrating the life vest and oxygen masks. The revised Announcement Guide also provides the appropriate announcement in the case of an actual decompression.
Cabin safety checks are still required following the safety video and live safety demonstration. Doing so will ensure cabin readiness and provide passengers with the opportunity to ask questions regarding the safety demonstration or any other safety concern. Starting the safety demonstration video as soon as possible after door closure is essential. Doing so ensures adequate time to complete the demonstration and conduct an effective cabin check.
As a reminder, during taxi, Flight Attendants are required by regulation to remain at their “duty stations” with safety belts and shoulder harnesses fastened except to perform duties related to the safety of the airplane and its occupants.