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Cabin Jumpseat Authority (CJA) Listing and Award Procedures

Date: April 19, 2022

While the use of Cabin Jumpseat Authority (CJA) is provided for under our Contract, its use is also subject to company regulations, and this includes the ability for Flight Attendants to list for both non-revenue standby and jumpseat authority at the same time on the same flight.  

Additional information regarding our contractual cabin jumpseat (CJA) privileges can be found in Section 3.A. in our Contract.

Guidelines for listing and awarding include:

  • If a (physical) jumpseat is available and the aircraft is weight restricted, jumpseat authority will not be denied for any Flight Attendants.  The number of Flight Attendants using jumpseat authority on weight restricted flights may be limited to the number of available (physical) jumpseats.
  • Flight Attendants must check-in for the jumpseat no later than 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure.  Flight Attendants who have met the 30-minute check-in shall be awarded available jumpseats in jumpseat seniority order.  In an instance where self-service electronic means are not available, Flight Attendants shall have the ability to list and check-in with Customer Service Representatives (CSR) no later than scheduled departure.
  • Walk-up jumpseating shall be permitted to the extent consistent with the needs of the operation and shall be awarded on a first come first served basis, and only after Flight Attendants who have met the 30-minute check-in have been awarded jumpseats.
  • Available Flight Attendant jumpseat(s) may be awarded prior to awarding non-revenue seats or “accommodating” other jumpseat authority riders in available passenger seats.
  • Flight Attendants who decline the award of the jumpseat will be removed from the jumpseat list. 
  • The targeted guideline for the award of available jumpseats is 25 minutes prior to scheduled departure.  Flight Attendants must have checked-in and be present at the time of the jumpseat award.  That is, the Flight Attendant must be at the gate, in person, when called by the CSR for a jumpseat assignment, otherwise the next person on the list will be awarded the jumpseat.
  • When seats are available in the cabin after other stand-by passengers (revenue and non-revenue) have been boarded, Flight Attendants may travel in the cabin on jumpseat authority, even if the jumpseats are occupied, provided that such travel does not displace revenue passengers.
As a reminder, our AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws establish that the development of reciprocal agreements with other airlines is a priority of our Union. AFA has been successful in our efforts to date, and we continue to advocate for additional reciprocal agreements.  For more information regarding the agreement with each individual airline, visit our website at www.unitedafa.org.

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