Federal aviation officials on Tuesday mandated more time between flights for flight attendants.
The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Tuesday that the new rule takes effect in approximately 30 days and increases the required rest period between trips for flight attendants from nine hours under the previous rules to 10 consecutive hours. .
“Flight attendants, like all essential transportation workers, work hard every day to keep traveling people safe, and we fully support them,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in the statement. “This new rule will make it easier for flight attendants to do their jobs, which in turn will keep us all safe on the air.”
Flight crew unions have pushed for additional rest time, saying the pandemic has left flight attendants tired and overworked after working up to 14 hours.
This is a developing story and will be updated.