Feds extend rest period requirement for flight attendants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule requiring that increases the rest period between shifts for flight attendants to 10 consecutive hours.

“Flight attendants, like all essential transportation workers, work hard every day to keep the traveling public safe, and we owe them our full support,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “This new rule will make it easier for flight attendants to do their jobs, which in turn will keep all of us safe in the air.”

The new rule updates the previous requirement of nine consecutive hours of rest between shifts. It also fulfills the requirements of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which directed the FAA to increase the minimum rest period for flight attendants with a scheduled duty of 14 hours or less and eliminate the provision that permitted rest to be reduced in certain circumstances.

“Flight attendants perform critical safety roles,” Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen said. “This rule puts them and safety first.”

The FAA held two public comment periods totaling more than 105 days on the proposed rest requirement in 2019 and 2021. The agency said it reviewed over 1,000 comments from flight attendants, airlines and the public.

The final rule will become effective 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

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