How tired a flight attendant is when they are doing their job can have a variety of ramifications. This includes impacts on passengers. Flight attendants perform many key tasks during the course of a flight, and how awake and alert they are can impact how well they perform these tasks. Drowsiness level can also affect an attendant’s own safety and the safety of their coworkers. When a person is overly fatigued at work, they could be more vulnerable to making errors that could put them and others at risk of injury.
Many things can influence the drowsiness level of flight attendants, including the conduct and policies of the air carrier they work for. A bill has been brought to Congress which aims to put some new requirements on air carriers. The new requirements are aimed at helping curtail flight attendant fatigue.
One of the things the bill would do is make it mandatory for carriers to have their fatigue management plans cover flight attendants. It would also require that flight attendants be given at least 10 hours of time off between shifts.
If this bill ultimately became federal law, do you think it would help reduce workplace injuries among flight attendants?
Of course, work injuries could occur to a flight attendant in a variety of different circumstances, not just those involving worker fatigue. When such an individual is hurt in relation to any aspect of their job, they may want to promptly talk with a skilled lawyer about matters related to workers’ comp.
Source: Safety+Health, “New legislation aims to prevent flight attendant fatigue,” Oct. 5, 2016