To ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration addresses fatigue issues of flight attendants. Read More


This bill was introduced on Jan 25, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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To ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration addresses fatigue issues of flight attendants.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Airline First Responder Workplace Fairness Act''.


(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: (1) Flight attendants serve as first responders responsible for the safety and well-being of passengers on an aircraft. (2) The responsibilities of flight attendants as first responders have grown since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (3) Since 2009, the Department of Labor has classified flight attendants as ``Essential Transportation Workers'' along with pilots and air traffic controllers. (4) Impaired performance induced by fatigue may compromise safety in commercial aviation. (5) The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to address pilot fatigue in recognition of safety concerns induced by fatigue. (6) The Federal Aviation Administration is working to address fatigue issues for air traffic controllers through a Fatigue Risk Management System Work Group. (7) Fatigue among flight attendants is a pervasive concern that needs to be addressed further by the Federal Aviation Administration.


(a) Aviation Rulemaking Committee.--Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall establish a flight attendant duty time limitations and rest requirements Aviation Rulemaking Committee to address flight attendant duty time limitations and rest requirements....

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This bill would require the FAA to convene an Aviation Rule Making Committee to address flight attendant duty time limitations and rest requirements in order to fully address the longstanding issue of flight attendant fatigue. Flight attendants' most important job function is to serve as first responders who are trained to handle inflight emergencies, passenger disruptions and terrorism. Simply put, Americans cannot afford for flight attendants to be exhausted on the job. The AFA supports HR 3824, which would establish an Aviation Rule Making Committee and issue a final rulemaking to address flight attendant fatigue.

January 25, 2012 APFA and members of the Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions are proud to announce Congresswoman Mazie Hirono’s Airline First Responder Workplace Fairness Act (HR 3824). Today, Ms. Hirono introduced legislation that promotes fairness and safety for flight attendants. APFA President Laura Glading said, "This is legislation APFA leadership has been pushing for and helping to draft for some time, and its introduction in the House represents a major victory over management on the subject of Flight Attendant fatigue. This is significant legislation because it continues to recognize the incredibly important role we play on board the aircraft as first responders. Congresswoman Hirono’s bill is a testament to APFA’s efforts on Capitol Hill and our active participation in the Coalition.”

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I support The Airline First Responder Workplace Fairness Act because... I am a San Francisco based flight attendant. I witnessed Asiana 214 from the terminal almost one year ago. It was a scattered mess and I am amazed nearly everyone survived the crash. The Asiana flight attendants were the unsung heros that day. A billboard on the 101 lauded the SFO fire crews. I would like to remind you of just a few more flights where heroic attendants have often been overlooked: US1549, SW812, AQ243, and never forget AA11, AA77, UA175, UA93. This list could go on and on. Flight attedants face emergencies every day: Heart attacks, seizures, irrate passengers, dangerous passengers, bombs, emergency landings, etc. We are trained to handle every emergency on our own. No fire department, no ambulence, no air marshall. That flight deck door will never open, even when my life is at stake. Rep. Hirono introduced HR3824 to ensure the FAA addresses flight attendant fatigue. I am telling you we are scheduled 14-16hr days with 9hours of sleep. We are tired. We need a voice. Please reintroduce HR3824. I am a flight attendant, I am a first responder.

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Bill Summary

To ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration addresses fatigue issues of flight attendants.

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