Personal Safety at Layover Hotels
August 10, 2021
We often talk about the importance of layover and Hotel safety. As seasoned travelers, it’s easy to become complacent in monitoring for safety concerns especially when we stay often at the same layover hotel properties.
For years, AFA has worked to negotiate Contractual requirements defining the necessary accommodations that are required at the hotels where Flight Attendants are lodged for layovers.
Some things are easy to check for and monitor; working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, secure buildings, and food availability while other characteristics we can only learn about over time with feedback from Members who have stayed at the property.
Unfortunately, the company doesn’t always share information about incidents with our Union representatives who share the responsibility in the hotel inspection process. As a result, we can be hindered in our ability to support Members in need. However, our Contract provides you with the ability to help yourself when conditions at the property are unsafe or prevent you from getting adequate rest.
When Flight Attendants stay at a property and have an experience, they find unsafe or one that raises concern, a report to our Hotel & Transportation Committee is essential. Without your reports we cannot adequately follow up on the problems at properties that may not be meeting our requirements for safety. This includes any safety concerns about staff at the hotel.
Remember when on a layover to communicate with your crew. Having another person aware of your plans can help if an emergency ever arises. Take the time to look out for one another. When we are away from home, we are each other’s best support system.
Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also available to support any of our Members who may be in need. If an incident occurs while on a layover and you need confidential support, our AFA EAP International Help Line operates 24/7 or by calling (800) 424-2406.
If your safety or security is in immediate danger while on a layover your first and most essential course of action is to call local authorities to ensure your continued safety and well-being.
You should not hesitate to contact emergency services in the city of the location where assistance is required. In addition, we recommend that you contact FLTLINE using the Emergency option information provided at the start of the call.