Safety First – Cabin Jumpseat Responsibility
June 7, 2022
Tasked with what seems to be a never-ending list of responsibilities from the moment we check-in, we’re faced with the challenge of selecting between competing priorities. Starting at check-in reading e-mail, checking the hot board, dealing with a LINK device that can sometimes be unreliable, consumed by Quick Turns on every flight where the CSRs are rushing to board the aircraft, to medical emergencies at 35,000 ft. - the list is endless. Despite these competing priorities, it’s very important that we always keep Safety First and remain focused on our FAA mandated responsibilities. In doing so, we’re required to enforce and comply with many FARs all in the interest of our personal safety and that of the passengers in our care. Despite the hectic nature of boarding, our job isn’t done once we get everyone settled in for departure.
Throughout the flight, our obligation to comply with FARs continues.
Did you know that FAR 121.391 (d), requires Flight Attendants to remain seated in their assigned jumpseat with seatbelt and shoulder harnesses fastened during taxi, takeoff and for landing until the aircraft is parked at the arrival gate? There is one exception. You may leave your jumpseat for a safety related issue. However, once the issue is addressed you must promptly return to your assigned jumpseat. This requirement is in place to ensure that we facilitate the most effective egress of passengers from the aircraft in the event an emergency evacuation become necessary.
Once you have completed the safety demo, prepared the cabin for departure by ensuring all United service items are collected and stowed, lavatories are unoccupied and locked, video monitors are stowed, promptly take your jump seat and fully strap in. By doing so, you are best able to ensure not only compliance with the FAR, but your personal well-being. If you have any questions, you can reference you LINK, under SOP>Cabin Readiness.
If you have questions, you can also call your local AFA office, or speak to any of your local Safety/Health and Security Committee Member.