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  • Holiday Pay Guidelines - LAA/LUS
  • Domestic and International On-Board Requirements - LAA/LUS

Holiday Pay Guidelines - LAA/LUS

Holiday Pay – JCBA Section 3.J:
In addition to all other compensation, a Flight Attendant working on a sequence/pairing or serving Reserve Standby/On Premise Reserve (OPR)* duty, which touches a “Compensated Holiday, i.e., Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and/or New Year’s Day, shall be paid seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per holiday.

* “Standby/OPR” is a Reserve who has been awarded or assigned Standby duty in uniform at the airport without a specific flight assignment for the purpose of covering a sequence/pairing in order to prevent a delay. A Standby/OPR may also be utilized for the purpose of deplaning, boarding or remaining with through passengers on the aircraft.

General Rules:

  • Flight Attendant must work on the actual holiday to receive Holiday Pay
  • If FA is earning TAFB (Per Diem) on actual holiday, including during report or debrief, FA will receive Holiday Pay**
  • No Holiday Pay for ready Reserve (on RAP), anyone on planned absence, or full sequence cancellations


APFA Joint Scheduling Implementation Committee

Domestic and International On-Board Requirements - LAA/LUS

APFA continues to receive numerous reports that Flight Attendants are being pressured by Gate Agents, Gate Supervisors and Pilots to board earlier than our 2014 JCBA's Contractual provision on Domestic and International segments. As a reminder, Flight Attendants are required to be on-board and ready to receive passengers at the following times for domestic segments and international segments:

Domestic On-Board Requirements:

1. On a Domestic departure on an aircraft of less than one hundred and sixty-five (165) passenger seats, a Flight Attendant will be required to be on-board the aircraft ready to receive passengers thirty (30) minutes prior to scheduled departure.

2. On a Domestic departure on an aircraft of one hundred and sixty-five (165) or more passenger seats, a Flight Attendant will be required to be on-board the aircraft ready to receive passengers thirty-five (35) minutes prior to scheduled departure.

As a reminder, Flight Attendants are NOT required to have passenger boarding begin earlier than the above times for Domestic flights.

International On-Board Requirements:

1. On a duty period containing an International flight with an originating IPD segment, a Flight Attendant will be required to be on-board the aircraft ready to receive the passengers at fifty (50) minutes prior to scheduled departure.

2. On a duty period containing an International flight with an originating NIPD segment, a Flight Attendant will be required to be on-board the aircraft ready to receive the passengers at forty-five (45) minutes.

3. On a duty period containing an International flight with an originating Domestic segment, a Flight Attendant will be required to be on-board the aircraft ready to receive the passengers pursuant to Hours of Service, Section 11.M, which is listed above for Domestic on-board requirements.

As a reminder, Flight Attendants are NOT required to have passenger boarding begin earlier than the above times for IPD and NIPD flights.

Refer to Section 11.M and 14.F. of your 2014 JCBA if you are challenged to board early.

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Brian Clark
APFA National Communications Interim Chair

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