Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC)
- Our AFA Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC) Chairpersons met on Thursday, July 14 to discuss their ongoing program of work to represent Flight Attendants interests related to safety, health, and security in our workplace.
- The Committee also met with management to receive updates and discuss issues and problems that Flight Attendants are facing onboard the aircraft.
- Reporting safety concerns is more important than ever given the challenges we are currently facing as a work group. Flight Attendant Irregularity Reports (FAIR), Aviation Safety Action Reports (ASAP), and fatigue reports can all be filed through Report It! Please contact a member of your Local ASHSC if you need assistance.
On Thursday, July 14, our AFA Local Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC) Chairpersons met to discuss their ongoing work to represent our Flight Attendants and push for improvements in our workplace. Representing you at the meeting were Debi Wallstrom (ANC), David Lake (SEA), Blair Kimball (PDX), Brad Young (SFO), Carin Meritt (LAX), and Eva Gatus (SAN). Also present were MEC ASHSC Chairperson Seth Heiple and MEC Vice President Brian Palmer. The committee met with Cabin Safety Manager Cari Smith-Allen, Manager of Inflight Policy & Procedure Joevanni Camacho, and Inflight Experience Program Manager Matthew Coder.
Topics of Discussion
The committee reviewed a number of items both during internal AFA-only conversation and when meeting with management. Some items discussed include:
- Having a CSA available to assist with assistance devices, gate checks, etc. during deplaning.
- Changing what we call infant life vest in announcements to “life vest for children under 30 lbs”. This would align better with their purpose and help those traveling with children identify which type of life vest their child would need.
- Request to add Narcan nasal spray to emergency medical kits to assist with passengers who have overdosed. Note: The EEMK does have Naloxone which is an injectable used to treat opioid overdoses.
- At the ASHSC’s request bottles of Sanicide are to be provisioned in plastic bags to contain leakage. However, it appears that this has not been happening constantly, so we have asked Inflight to follow up with Fleet to ensure the bottles are provisioned correctly.
- The Company is planning to add a third cart to PLH flights. The ASHSC is concerned that this will negatively impact our ability to stow all trash, result in excessively long lavatory lines and make managing passenger alcohol consumption more difficult. We also believe some of these issues will be exacerbated by the upcoming removal of the third aft lavatory on the 737-800s.
- Initial Training was shorted four weeks but will be returning to five weeks. We have requested that Initial Training include familiarizations flights and more time practicing procedures like the arrival and departure sequences.
- Fleet at some stations has been closing all window shade even when it is not needed to keep the cabin cool. We believe it is safer to keep more window shades open when possible to increase awareness of what is happening outside the cabin.
- There are safety concerns around F/As bringing items onto the A/C to serve or altering the produces being served. While well intentioned, this can have unintended safety and liability consequences.
- Inflight is in the process of procuring the improved, easier to use, restraint devices requested by the ASHSC.
- At the ASHSC’s request the safety demo will be updated to include “in an emergency, leave everything”.
- Inflight continues to work on moving our prior to landing compliance checks to 18,000 feet.
What the Committee is Working On
- Trash Stowage. The Inflight Service Committee and ASHSC have been working with Inflight and Catering to develop solutions for the ongoing lack adequate trash stowage. Every departure now should have an empty cart in one of the galleys for trash. If you don’t have the required empery cart submit a catering report. Please submit an ASAP & FAIR if, after following procedures and making every reasonable attempt to do so, you are unable to stow all trash in legal stowage locations. AFA continues to advocate for dedicated trash cart(s) on all flights.
- Time In Motion Studies. The ASHSC is coordinating with the Inflight Service Committee and Inflight on a program to assess how long it takes to perform safety and service duties on each aircraft type and flight profile. The goal is to understand what service can safely be completed in each market, and ensure we have adequate time allotted for safety duties like equipment checks and briefings.
- Cabin Lighting During Compliance Checks. The ASHSC has been advocating for a brighter lighting setting for prior to take off and landing compliance checks. We believe the company is willing to use our boarding light setting for compliance checks and expect the change to be impended soon. The brighter lighting will help us see better as we complete our compliance checks and will provide a visual indicator to passengers that their attention is needed as we prepare the cabin for landing.
We Want to Hear From You!
If you’ve experienced a safety-related issue, please help the committee to advocate for improvement and change by filing a report. Flight Attendant Irregularity Reports (FAIR), Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) reports, and fatigue reports can all be submitted using ReportIt! If you’re not sure what type of report to file for a particular situation or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of your Local ASHSC.
Do you have other feedback for the committee or items that you’d like brought up with management? Please let us know! Your Local ASHSC is your voice to management. You can find our contact information on the ASHSC page of the AFA Alaska website.