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Cabin Readiness – Safety & Compliance Reminder!

Date: February 28, 2023

Despite the hectic nature of boarding, our job isn’t done once we get everyone settled in for departure. 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 Federal Aviation Regulations in the interest of our personal safety and that of the passengers in our care.

We have received recent reports for non-compliance with cabin readiness procedures. As a reminder a review of our cabin readiness is beneficial during the briefing before every flight. eFAOM> SOP> Cabin readiness. Here are some of the tasks that should be completed:

  • Main Cabin Door Closure Requirements
    • Bags stowed, bins closed, exit rows briefed.
  • In order for the aircraft to begin movement on the surface the following tasks must be completed:
    • passengers seated with seatbelts fastened, seat backs and tray tables upright and stowed, headrests retracted/stowed, in seat video monitors must be stowed.
  • Larger electronics must be turned off and properly stowed
  • Galley equipment must be stowed and secured.
  • Seat belt (cabin) compliance checks must be completed (In addition to the PA announcements) Flight Attendants are required to complete a cabin compliance check anytime the Fasten Seat Belt sign is turned on during flight, except if instructed by pilots to take their jumpseats, remain seated or during moderate to severe turbulence, as stated as part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

Reminder: There are more tasks listed in the cabin readiness section of the eFAOM.

Being prepared for each flight ensures we are not only efficient in following our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) but that we are fully complaint with these requirements. Following the FARs and procedures supports the safety of ourselves and our passengers.

If you have questions, contact your Local Council Safety Committee or your Local Council Office.

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