Eastern Airlines Re-launch: Now looking for Flight Attendants.

The relaunch of the once a legend Eastern Air Lines is approaching and is planned early next year, now is on the lookout for flight attendants.

The Miami-based airline will hold a recruiting session the weekend of Nov. 22. Those interested in applying must first fill out a form online, which can be found here.

Applicants must be at least 21; have a high school diploma or equivalent; be able to swim without assistance; speak, read and understand English and Spanish and have a valid passport or equivalent travel documents.

Eastern, which will initially operate as a charter airline, is awaiting certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. The airline said it plans to start operating in early 2015 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Eastern Air Lines was one of the “Big Four” airlines (along with United, Delta and American that dominated the passenger airline business in the United States for nearly 50 years. It started flying officially as Eastern from 1930 (after its predecessor company was founded in 1927) and operated until 1991, when it ceased operations during the first Gulf War.

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FAA Issues Policy to Improve Workplace Safety for Aircraft Cabin Crewmembers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), working with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), today issued a final policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers.

While the FAA’s aviation safety regulations take precedence, OSHA will be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.

“Safety is our number one priority – for both the traveling public and the dedicated men and women who work in the transportation industry,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “It’s important that cabin crewmembers on our nation’s airlines benefit from OSHA protections, including information about potential on-the-job hazards and other measures to keep them healthy and safe.”

“This policy shows the strength of agencies working together and will enhance the safety of cabin crewmembers and passengers alike,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.  “It is imperative that cabin crewmembers have the same level of safety assurances they provide the public.”  

Aircraft cabin safety issues that fall under OSHA standards include information on hazardous chemicals, exposure to blood-borne pathogens, and hearing conservation programs, as well as rules on record-keeping and access to employee exposure and medical records.  The FAA and OSHA will develop procedures to ensure that OSHA does not apply any requirements that could adversely affect aviation safety. 

“Our cabin crewmembers contribute to the safe operation of every flight each day,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We’re taking an important step toward establishing procedures for resolving cabin crew workplace health and safety concerns.”

“We look forward to working with the FAA and through our alliance with the aviation industry and labor organizations to improve the safety of cabin crewmembers,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

Through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Congress required the FAA to develop a policy statement to outline the circumstances in which OSHA requirements could apply to crewmembers while they are working onboard aircraft.

The policy will be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. OSHA will conduct outreach and then begin enforcement activities after the first six months from the effective date.  The notice is available at http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/ashp/. 

Source:  FAA – News

Flight Attendants, much more than just a pretty for customer service

Asiana 214 Flight Attendants

Today, while reading the news, I found this picture, seeing their faces, I could not do anything than think about the terrible moments these young people lived days ago when the Asiana B777 impacted the runway 28L seawall at San Francisco airport.

The Asiana Flight 214 cabin crew consisted of 11 women and one man, ranging in age from 21 to 42.  Heroes, is the common word I saw on the news all over the world and I think there is no better description to their actions.

On July 6 crash, three flight attendants were ejected while still strapped to their seats from the aircraft’s sheared off tail section.  One of the items among the investigation of the crash will be the emergency evacuation and find a reason why the pilots of Asiana Flight 214 told the flight attendants to delay it for 90 seconds after the crash landing, giving the order only after a flight attendant spotted flames outside.  For sure this will raise inquiries about flight attendant authority during an emergency.  Those who were able, meanwhile, oversaw the emergency evacuation of nearly 300 passengers – using knives to slash seatbelts, slinging axes to free two colleagues trapped by malfunctioning slides, fighting flames and bringing out frightened children.

“I wasn’t really thinking, but my body started carrying out the steps needed for an evacuation,” head attendant Lee Yoon-hye, 40, said during a news conference Sunday.

“In the face of tremendous adversity and obstacles, they did their job and evacuated an entire wide-bodied aircraft in a very short period of time,” said Veda Shook, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants and an Alaska Airlines flight attendant.

“It’s such a shining reflection, not just of the crew, but of the importance of flight attendants in their roles as first responders,” Shook said.

Next time you see that pretty girl serving your dinner or that handsome boy walking on the aisle, think they can also save your life…

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Photo Credits:

– Kim Hong-Ji/AFP/Getty Im

– Jeff Chiu

Flight Attendants Protest At Houston Airport Against Knives In The Passenger Cabin

Reuters – WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions and industry stakeholders will hold a press conference Monday, May 20, 2013 at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to continue engaging the traveling public in efforts to keep the passenger cabin free of knives that have been used as weapons. According to a recent Washington Post article “now the chatter is that the TSA may decide to put the new rules into effect over the Memorial Day weekend.”

The TSA’s delayed policy to allow knives into the passenger cabin has been opposed by Flight Attendants, gate agents, TSA officers, air marshals, law enforcement officers, FBI agents, pilots, passengers, 9/11 families and airlines. Nine organizations representing 400,000 members of these groups filed a legal petition with the TSA in opposition to permitting knives in the cabin, reserving their right to take legal action against implementation. Airlines for America (A4A), representing airlines such as United, US Airways, Delta, Alaska and American, joined the legal petition on May 16, 2013 and states “… the new policy should be rescinded immediately.”

“A TSA-approved knife could be used to stab or kill a passenger, crew member, federal air marshal, gate agent or TSA security officer by a terrorist, mentally ill person or drug- or alcohol-impaired passenger,” said the Coalition. “It would be irresponsible to relax the TSA’s existing policy on knives when virtually every organization representing those directly affected by the change adamantly opposes it on safety and security grounds.”

Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security, has joined Flight Attendants in pushing for passage of The No Knives Act of 2013 to legislate a permanent ban on knives in the passenger cabin. Flight Attendants are issuing a public plea to Capitol Hill, including to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, to support the legislation and keep the traveling public safe.

Flight Attendants have opposed the ill-advised plan from the start and remain resolute: No Knives on Planes Ever Again. www.NoKnivesOnPlanes.com

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Congressman Al Green
  • Jeff Heisey, Secretary of United Airlines Chapter, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
  • Jeff Pharr, National Secretary, Association of Professional Flight Attendants
  • Sara Gonzales, District Special Representative, International Association of Machinists
  • Thom McDaniel, International Vice President, Transport Workers Union

Press Conference “No Knives, Ever Again”
Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Terminal A Departure Level Lobby, Near Space Cow
May 20, 2013, 11:30 am Central Time

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions coordinates on issues of mutual interest to Flight Attendants. Members of the Coalition are the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Transport Workers Union (TWU).

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants

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