Presidents’ Day Weekend 2021 Pacific Northwest Snowstorm
A Storm for the Record Books
What a weekend! The recent Pacific Northwest (PNW) snowstorm was one for the record books, so the systemwide severe irregular operations were not terribly surprising. That being said, it’s clear the operation became profoundly broken at various points: Crew Scheduling “perma hold” for up to two hours (assuming one could get through) and/or dropped calls, hotel rooms extremely delayed or unavailable, no ground transportation, significant delays and cancellations, et cetera, et cetera.
Operational Debrief with Management Next Week
Your AFA Alaska leadership knows you want answers as to what went wrong and what can be done to prevent this from happening again. We are currently working on scheduling an operational debrief with management for next week. Stay tuned for an update following the debrief.
AFA Alaska Online Support Center
In the meantime, we encourage Flight Attendants to open a new ticket at the AFA Alaska Online Support Center if you need a union representative to review an issue or concern. Some examples related to the recent snowstorm:
- Requests for Management Drop denied (or initially approved and subsequently denied) and No Show assessed
- Day rooms unavailable (for transit time through an outstation exceeding four hours)
- Delayed layover hotel rooms – AFA will need FAs to provide their release time into the applicable layover and the time when they received a room key
- Flight Attendants paid for their own rooms either due to snow rooms being unavailable or layover hotel rooms being unavailable
Please provide as many details as possible to help your AFA representatives research your ticket. Thank you!