October 04, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC — Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its final rule on flight attendant duty and rest time.
“I thank the FAA for announcing its long overdue final rule on flight attendant duty and rest requirements, which has been a critical missing piece to ensure the safety of those who fly. After a nearly four-year delay, flight attendants—who operate in complex, dynamic, and often hazardous working environments—will have the rest they need to perform their duties and enjoy a better quality of life. I applaud the flight attendants whose years of advocacy pushed Congress to act and ultimately led to today’s new rule.”
In 2018, Congress passed the FAA reauthorization law, which gave the Secretary of Transportation 30 days to modify its rule on flight attendant duty period limitations and rest requirements to ensure a flight attendant scheduled to a duty period of 14 hours or less is given a scheduled rest period of at least 10 consecutive hours. In August 2022, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Majority sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda D. Young urging the administration to complete the final rule.
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