United Airlines has quietly widened its pre-flight alochol ban to include flight attendants, not just pilots.
Earlier this week, I noted that United Airlines is tightening the rules concerning alcohol consumption for its pilots. Up until this week, pilots were held to the Federal Aviation Administration required minimum standard of being able to drink up to eight hours before reporting for duty. United instituted its own stricter rule, banning alcohol consumption within 12 hours of duty.
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United Applies New Alcohol Rule To Flight Attendants
Brian Sumers reports that this ban is spreading to flight attendants too, effective August 17, 2019 (this Saturday).
In the guideline (picture below), United sites regulatory guidelines as the impetus for change:
This change is to help assure flight attendant compliance with standards established by the United States and individual states where United operates around the world.
United reminds flight attendants they are ultimately responsible for reporting to duty sober, as defined by local standards.
Last Saturday, @united unilaterally changed guidelines for pilot booze use before flights. On August 17, rules for flight attendants change, too. They’ll have to abstain 12 hours before reporting from duty. From @united internal comms. pic.twitter.com/CUdu7Lmfou
— Brian Sumers (@BrianSumers) August 15, 2019
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing United pilots, issued a rather cryptic statement on the new rules, suggesting internal disgatreement on whether to support or oppose the new mandate. Will the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) take a similarly muted reponse? I’ve reached out to them for comment and will update this post if I receive a response.