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Holding Time Limitations

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Source: AFA

Date: Apr 26, 2019

Source: Elines

There are a number of circumstances under which Flight Attendants may be required to hold with passengers beyond scheduled departure time or after arrival onboard the aircraft. Some of these reasons may be beyond our control due to operational irregularities while others may be the result of us having to wait for special services personnel to arrive planeside to assist customers with disabilities in disembarking the aircraft.

When holding, Flight Attendants shall receive one-half (1/2) credit for pay purposes, including premium and language pay, when applicable, on an actual minute basis for all holding time in excess of thirty (30) minutes beyond scheduled ground time or block arrival time. The compensation is paid in addition to all other compensation.

If a Flight Attendant is required by the Company to remain on board the aircraft after block arrival and this occurs at a point where she/he is scheduled to go off duty, the duty period will either end at the time released from holding or according to the time set forth in Section 6.R. – Commencement of Duty, whichever is later.

The maximum holding time for a Flight Attendant shall belimitedto:

  • Four (4) hours at any point or
  • A total of five (5) hours during any on-duty period. 

Although a Flight Attendant may be required to remain with passengers beyond scheduled ground time, this can only occur while on board the aircraft. And, in this instance a Flight Attendants shall subsequently be given fifteen (15) minutes rest period after each two (2) hours required to remain with passengers on board an aircraft. 

At the end of four (4) hours the Flight Attendant shall be:

1. Relieved from holding with passengers

2. Reassigned

3. Released from duty

For additional information about Holding Time Limitations contact your Local Council Representatives.

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