Limited self-correction during door evacuation drills
The Master Executive Council (MEC) has been informed that limited self-correction is now allowed during door evacuation drills in one specific circumstance. Flight Attendants are expected to come to Recurrent Training (RT) prepared to demonstrate proficiency by using verbatim evacuation commands. However, if the (incorrect) command “STAND BACK” is corrected to “STAY BACK, STAY BACK, STAY BACK…” during an evacuation drill evaluation, then this will be considered successful.
If self-correction occurs as described above, then the Inflight Instructor will debrief with the student after the evaluation is complete. The purpose of the debrief is to ensure the student is clear on the Flight Attendant Manual (FAM) standard of “STAY BACK – STAY BACK” (no “STAND BACK”). For now, this will be the only self-correction allowed during evacuation drills.
Proposed redesign of the Special Track Training submitted to the FAA
Management submitted the proposed redesign of the Special Track Training to the FAA today. The FAA has up to 16 working days to accept or reject the proposal. In the interim, AFA and management have agreed to not allow any Flight Attendant to proceed to the fourth drill attempt; affected FAs are currently being pay protected while we wait for the FAA’s response.
Additional approved exceptions to the verbatim evacuation commands
Again, Flight Attendants are expected to come to RT prepared to demonstrate proficiency by using verbatim evacuation commands. However, one more variant on “plane” that is used throughout the British Commonwealth has been added to the approved exceptions: aeroplane. Flight Attendants will be deemed proficient and therefore successful in completing their evacuation evaluation if they inadvertently use any of the now five approved exceptions: “the,” “airplane,” “aeroplane,” “aircraft” and “jump.” Italicized text inside of parenthesis indicate the approved exceptions to the verbatim evacuation commands:
“Heads down, stay down” / “Open seatbelts — Open seatbelts” / “Stay back — Stay back” / “You two, stay at the bottom” / “Help (the) people off” / “Send them away from the plane (/ airplane / aeroplane / aircraft)” / “Leave everything” / “Exit here” / “Jump (Jump)”.
The MEC anticipates publishing another RT update following our meeting this coming Wednesday with one of the FAA Cabin Safety Inspectors assigned to Alaska Airlines or pending any new developments.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Linda Christou, Matt Cook, Terry Taylor, Mario de’Medici, Melissa Osborne, Tim Green and Brice McGee