Isn’t it true that an airline passenger cabin is usually either too cold or too warm? Welcome to the fickle world of airline thermostats. But after a baby almost died on a hot plane last year, many U.S. flight attendants want government regulation of cabin temperatures.
To effect that change, flight attendants will start monitoring cabin temperatures, compiling a tapestry of data points that may influence future regulation. This is a voluntary move by FAs and encouraged by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).
To make this data collection process as easy as possible for FAs, the AFA has provided thermometers (see video below) and an app called 2Hot2Cold, which will allow for a more uniform cabin measure. Conde Nast reports that 60,000 keychain thermometers will be distributed to Southwest flight attendants, with more to follow.
I question the practicality of such regulation, but believe the goal is well-intentioned: keeping passengers and crew members safe. I do roll my eyes that this is a security threat, but the AFA makes that argument as well:
Extreme temperatures also impact cabin operations, by degrading the crew’s awareness of possible security threats, increasing stress that can lead to air rage, medical emergencies, a return to the gate, and other operational disruptions.
I mean, sure…so can a bad taco the night before or a skunk outside the hotel room…
You can watch the AFA video here:
What do you think? Should cabin temperatures be more closely regulated or this a futile effort?
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Pictured: Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA