Every three to five years Congress is required to authorize funding and set policies for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This process is commonly referred to as the FAA reauthorization.
AFA’s top legislative priority for this FAA reauthorization is to have Congress increase the minimum rest requirements for Flight Attendants. Seven Flight Attendant fatigue studies, commissioned by Congress, concluded that the best way to combat fatigue is to get more rest.
Last year we successfully hand delivered petition signatures and Fight for Ten Postcards to the House and Senate urging to include increased rest in the Bill. It’s time to increase the pressure.
Funding for the FAA, extended last fall, expires on March 31, 2016. There is interest in both congressional chambers to included 10 hours minimum rest in a long-term FAA authorization bill. Alternatively, they can pass another short or long term extension. Either way we have an opportunity to immediately impact rest.