A350 flight attendant rest area.

The US Federal Aviation Administration governs the minimum rest time pilots and flight attendants get between shifts.
Flight attendant crew rest is on track to increase to 10 hours, pending the outcome of a proposed FAA rule.
Rest is essential on long-haul journeys — see where crew members sleep on an Airbus A350.

Flying can be exhausting for passengers and even more so for airline crew members.

In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration has mandated laws to ensure pilots and flight attendants get ample rest before flights.

This includes requiring airlines to give crews a “minimum rest time,” which is 10 hours for pilots and nine hours for flight attendants on domestic routes, under most circumstances.Airline pilot walking through an airport.

However, the rest time can vary depending on the crew member’s “scheduled flight time,” which is defined as “when an aircraft moves under its own power for the purpose of flight and ends when the aircraft comes to rest after landing.”An American Airlines pilot says passengers “deserve better,” than being asked to get off the plane after boarding.

The current minimum rest rule was implemented in December 2011, nearly three years after the crash of Colgan Air flight 3407 in Buffalo, New York, that killed 50 people.Crash site of Colgan Air Flight 3407.

Source: CNN Travel

The National Transportation Safety Board determined pilot fatigue was a contributing factor to the accident. Both pilots commuted lengthy distances to get to their base in Newark, New Jersey, cutting into their rest time.The Colgan crash involved a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop aircraft operated by Continental Airlines.

Source: CNN Travel, The New York Times

In November 2021, the FAA proposed flight attendant minimum rest should be increased to 10 hours to “reduce fatigue so they can perform” their “critical [safety] role.” As of August 4, the proposal has been sent to the US Office of Management and Budget for finalization.Flight attendant at Denver International Airport.

Source: FAA, AFA

With the increase in long-haul flying post-pandemic, as well as ultra-long flights journeying up to 19 hours, crew rest is essential.Singapore Airlines flies 19 hours nonstop from New York to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines just relaunched the world’s second-longest flight which connects the country to NYC — see the ‘wellness meals’ the carrier serves onboard the 19-hour flight

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Source:: Business Insider

      

See inside the secret aircraft cabin where flight attendants sleep on long-haul journeys on an Airbus A350

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