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Deadhead Deviation Reminder

Date: January 11, 2022

With the recent increase in flight cancellations and changes to our schedule, there have also been greater pairings containing deadhead segments as the company repositions Flight Attendants due to the changes in the company aircraft schedule.

When you wish to deviate from a deadhead segment, you must contact the crew desk and follow the procedures described below.  Understanding that there are significantly long wait times may be frustrating when you wish to deviate, nevertheless; you should not make the decision to do so without the documented concurrence of inflight scheduling.

The Contract provisions for deadhead deviation are contained in Sections 3.I.12. and 3.I.13. of our Contract.  Keep in mind 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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