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Deviating from a Deadhead Segment

Date: June 15, 2021

Summer travel is upon us and with it comes weather that may trigger irregular operations. When IRROPS occurs, it may become necessary for crew scheduling to make scheduling adjustments within the parameters of our JCBA. Whether your schedule changes in the moment or it’s a known change, you are protected by the provisions of our JCBA.

Deadhead deviations are outlined in Section 3.I.12 and 3.I.13 of our Contract. Firstly, it is important to understand the difference between front and back end deviation and that they are handled differently. It is also important to understand that there are specific procedures in place that must be followed dependent on the segment which you are flying (first segment or last segment) and based on your status as either a Lineholder or a Reserve.

When deviating on the back end, 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.

When utilizing the provision to deviate you should review your duty period and compensation for the trip to verify any changes are correctly recorded.

We must also acknowledge that whether you are deviating on a domestic or international paring, Lineholders may be required to provide notice to or require approval from Crew Scheduling. Flight Attendants who are Reserve will always require approval from Crew Scheduling to deviate. Review section 3.I.12. and 3.I.13. of our Contract, to learn more about 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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