Flight Attendants continue to have questions regarding when Crew Meals are contractually required and ask what can be done when Crew Meals are not appropriately boarded.
Section 5.A.3 of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) governs crew meals. Crew Meals boarded at company expense should be:
Meals will usually be boarded on the longest flight departing in the first six (6) hours of duty. If the longest duty period is a deadhead on a UAX flight, the meal will be boarded on the first mainline flight. In circumstances where a duty period has a combination of domestic and international flying, and the international flight is longer than three (3) hours, the meal will only be provided on the international flight(s) regardless of where they fall in the duty period sequence
*Note: For purposes of this provision, Alaska, Hawaii, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and San Juan are not considered international cities.
Crew Meals will not be boarded:
As well as the contractual requirements governing when crew meals must be provided, our JCBA establishes that crew meal food components must be business class quality or better and includes deadheading Crew Members on international flights. In those instances where storage space is at a premium, it is acceptable for Crew Members deadheading in economy to receive the food components in an economy setup; the meals are boarded with the passenger special meals, and are indicated as ZDML in the My Flight App.
*Note: Crew Meals need not be identical to those served to passengers on the same flight nor are there different crew meals based on the length of the duty day. All food components of crew meals shall be business class quality or better.
In the limited circumstance where a meal is not boarded when contractually required, a Flight Attendant may purchase a meal and submit a receipt through the company’s CONCUR expense reporting system for actual/reasonable expense reimbursement. In this context, “reasonable” is based on what food options are available, time permitting.If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council office.