***Updated July 7, 2015***
July 27, 2013
Dear Flight Attendants,
Very likely you are aware that Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants have recently experienced two different high profile aircraft cabin air quality incidents. Please be assured that Alaska Airlines Maintenance and Engineering, Flight Ops and Inflight are working with AFA on this very serious issue. Due to the increased frequency of air quality events and the severity of these recent two, AFA is stepping up our focus in this area.
AFA representatives have been in contact with affected members, are working through the administrative processes and meeting with Company reps to identify the mechanical faults. AFA is currently developing practical educational material to share with all of our members and planning air quality awareness/incident training for safety reps from each local council. AFA International Air Safety & Health Department Industrial Hygienist Judith Anderson is assisting the effort as resident subject matter expert. Once the investigations are complete, the affected crew members will be given copies of the maintenance reports to be provided by Alaska Airlines. AFA will also report back with any lessons learned from these and other recent air quality incidents.
If you or any of your crewmembers experience an air quality event contact:
- MEC Air Quality chairperson Karyn Kobe (775-560-3297), or
- AFA Air Safety & Health Department Industrial Hygienist Judith Anderson (206-932-6237).
More information regarding aircraft cabin air quality may be found on the
- AFA Alaska MEC website (http://afaalaska.org/ashsc/airquality or http://afaalaska.org > Committees > Air Quality), or the
- AFA International Air Safety & Health Department’s Air Quality page (http://ashsd.afacwa.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&homeID=1396).
Take care and fly safe!
“Five Bases, One Voice”