Showing posts with label US regional carriers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US regional carriers. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ASA flight attendants ratify new three-year contract

ASA flight attendantFlight attendants at Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) have a new contract. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), the union representing ASA's flight attendants, announced yesterday that the flight attendants had overwhelmingly ratified a three year agreement.

According to the union, the new contract contains economic gains, as well as significant work rule improvements that will improve the lives of the hardworking flight attendants at ASA. In addition, the new contract will serve as a good building block for the next round of contract negotiations that will begin in three years.

“We are very pleased that this agreement ratified,” said Jeannie Babb, AFA-CWA Master Executive Council President. “It represents almost five years of hard work which could not have been accomplished without the commitment of the negotiating committee and the support of the flight attendants at ASA. We would like to also acknowledge the assistance that the National Mediation Board provided during the negotiations.”

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Woman who assaulted Horizon Air flight attendant is sentenced

Horizon Air logoA woman who assaulted a Horizon Air flight attendant during a flight last August has been sentenced by the U.S. District Court in Seattle. The assailant, identified as Krista Bauer, 23, of Hanford, CA, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to interfering with a flight crew member. An additional assault charge was then dropped.

Bauer was sentenced to 96 days in custody, three years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service. In addition, Bauer was ordered to undergo mental-health and substance-abuse treatment and write letters of apology to Horizon Air and the flight attendant she assaulted, according to a Seattle Times news article about the sentencing.

The incident happened on Aug. 25, 2007, on a Horizon Air flight between Seattle and Billings, MT. According to news reports, Bauer was traveling to Billings to attend her sister's funeral.

Bauer flew from California to Portland, and then to Seattle to catch a connecting flight to Billings, where she was to make funeral arrangements and find care for the dead woman's children. Bauer admitted she drank several glasses of wine on an empty stomach. She said she remembered nothing else until she woke up in the psychiatric ward at Harborview Medical Center the following day.

According to court records, Bauer left her seat on the plane, which was carrying 36 passengers, and walked up the aisle toward the flight deck. A flight attendant told her to return to her seat, which is when Bauer said, "If anyone is going to die tonight, it'll be you," and grabbed the attendant in a headlock. Other passengers had to restrain her, and the flight returned to Sea-Tac.
In addition to her legal sentence, Bauer has been banned from flying on Horizon and its parent airline. An attorney for Horizon told Bauer in court: "You are not welcome on any Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines flight. Should you purchase a ticket, you will be barred from boarding the flight."

Friday, May 16, 2008

Flight attendant allegedly sets fire to aircraft lavatory

newspaper iconThis is just mind boggling: Remember the recent story about the in-flight fire in a lavatory on a Compass Airlines plane? It turns out that one of the flight attendants working the flight allegedly set the fire intentionally.

When the news broke yesterday I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a sensationalized rumor. But now the Associated Press is reporting that not only has the young man been arrested, but he also has confessed to the FBI that he started the fire. In fact, he made his first court appearance yesterday, and has been ordered held without bail.

The AP article, citing court documents as a source, claims that the 19-year old flight attendant "told authorities he was upset at the airline for making him work the route." He brought a lighter on board the flight he was working. The lighter was later found inside an overhead bin. Court documents say that as "he was preparing his cart to serve the passengers, he set the cart up, went back to the lavatory and reached in with his right hand and lit the paper towels with the lighter."

A short time later an indicator was activated on the flight deck, showing smoke near the rear lavatory. A pilot alerted the flight attendant to check the lavatory. Both flight attendants then used fire extinguishers to put out the fire. Yes, that's right -- the flight attendant who allegedly started the fire then had a heroic role in extinguishing it.

The aircraft, which had been en route from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan, diverted to Fargo for an emergency landing. Fortunately no one on board the aircraft was injured.

The thoughtless bonehead flight attendant has been formally charged with setting fire aboard a civil aircraft. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Flight attendants fight in-flight fire on Northwest Airlink regional jet

Compass Northwest AirlinkA fire broke out in a lavatory on a Compass Airlines Embraer 175 regional jet, operating as Northwest Airlink Flight CPZ 2040 between Minneapolis-St.Paul and Regina, Saskatchewan on the evening of May 7, 2008. The aircraft diverted to Fargo, North Dakota, where it landed safely. The 72 passengers and four crew members on board were not injured.

According to news reports about the incident, the flight attendants reacted quickly to extinguish the fire. They donned Protective Breathing Equipment (PBE) [smoke hoods] and used fire extinguishers to control the fire , which was in a lavatory in the rear of the aircraft. They also moved passengers forward to an area where the smoke was not as heavy, and prepared the cabin for the emergency landing.

An article about the incident in the Calgary Herald quoted passengers who were on the flight. One man said:

"I heard the commotion, turned around. (There was) a lot of smoke, a lot of people looking really terrified. The next thing you know, the last probably eight or nine rows were running to the front of the plane because of the smoke. Next thing you know they were all sitting in the laps of the people up front ... (A flight attendant) came on (the intercom) and said, 'Electrical fire and we're going to be making an emergency landing.'"
Another passenger said:
"One of the attendants had on big headgear or something and was yelling and running up and down the aisle. Some people were getting up (to help) and they were yelled at and (told) to sit down, put their seat belts on, stay sitting ... We just kept declining fast. I was thankful the pilot, he was great. He went right down, he got us there quick."
According to various news reports, crew members and passengers were interviewed by local police and FBI agents at Fargo's airport. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. The aircraft has been taken out of service.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

ASA flight delayed by pesky mouse

ASA CRJ200The departure of an Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) flight was delayed for hours yesterday by what an Associated Press reporter referred to as "a mouse intent on flying to Atlanta." ASA Flight ASQ704 (operating as Delta Connection Flight 704) was grounded for hours at Des Moines International Airport after a flight attendant spotted a mouse aboard the CRJ-200 during a pre-flight safety check.

Passenger boarding was delayed on the Atlanta-bound flight until the aircraft could be inspected thoroughly for possible damage caused by the mouse. (Such critters can gnaw on wiring and other bits, and that could present a safety hazard.)

The flight, which had been scheduled to depart Des Moines at 05:50 local time, finally got underway at 11:52. News articles about the mouse incident quoted an ASA spokeswoman who said that all passengers had been rebooked on other connecting flights in Atlanta. It was unclear, however, if the mouse had been trapped or otherwise "deplaned" -- or if the little guy ultimately managed to make the trip to Atlanta after all.

I have a cat who could have made short work of that mouse. Maybe ASA should think about asking their flight attendants to bring their kitties to work with them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Turbulence incident seriously injures Mesa flight attendant

Mesa Air Group logoA Mesa Airlines flight attendant was severely injured last month when the flight on which she was working encountered serious turbulence over Colorado. She was knocked unconscious, and suffered spinal injuries that required surgery.

The incident happened on the morning of February 3, 2008 aboard a DeHavilland DHC-8-202 (Dash-8) turboprop aircraft. The aircraft, operated by Mesa Airlines as Air Shuttle Flight ASH 7106, was approaching Denver on a scheduled flight from Casper, WY when it encountered "serious turbulence."

According to a preliminary report about the incident issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

... the flight was descending on the RAMMS 5 STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Route) and was encountering "light chop." Approximately 5 miles inside RAMMS intersection, as it was descending from 14,000 feet to 13,000 feet, the flight encountered severe turbulence.

The captain called the flight attendant on the intercom, but she did not answer. An emergency medical technician (EMT), who was a passenger on the flight, answered and reported the flight attendant was lying on the floor unconscious.

The EMT and an off-duty United flight attendant tended to the injured flight attendant. The captain declared an emergency and the airplane landed at DEN. The flight attendant was transported to a hospital where she underwent surgery for several fractured vertebrae. [NTSB ID:DEN08LA055]
The NTSB notes that the captain suffered "minor injuries" in the same incident, however there were no injuries to the first officer and 19 passengers aboard the flight.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

AFA petitions to unionize Compass Airlines F/As

Compass Airlines logoThe Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), the world's largest flight attendant union, recently filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold a representational election on behalf of Compass Airlines flight attendants. If the NMB verifies that a sufficient number of union representation cards signed by Compass flight attendants have been collected by AFA, a secret ballot election to vote on union representation will be called.

Compass Airlines, is a subsidiary of Northwest Airlines. The new regional carrier began service earlier this year, operating as Northwest Airlink. By the end of 2007, the airline expects to employ over 300 people and to operate a fleet of 10 aircraft from its Minneapolis, Detroit and Memphis hubs.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Abusive Frontier passenger is indicted

Frontier Airlines plane at DENA woman accused of repeatedly hitting her children during a Frontier Airlines flight between San Francisco and Denver last week has been indicted by a federal court. Tamera Jo Freeman, 38, was indicted on two counts of assault on a child under 16 and one count of interfering with a flight attendant.

Freeman was traveling with her two year old son and four year old daughter on Frontier Airlines Flight 108 on July 16, 2007. ABC 7 News in Denver reports what happened during the flight:

According to her arrest affidavit, witnesses said Freeman was slapping and punching the children on their legs, shoulders and knees and that the children were crying and cowering on the floor.

She was using profane language, appeared intoxicated and had been drinking heavily on the flight, witnesses said.

When passengers alerted the flight attendant, the attendant intervened and Freeman told her to "mind her own business and provide her another alcoholic beverage," according to the affidavit.

When she was denied more alcohol, Freeman allegedly threw a drink on the floor and confronted the flight attendant in a common area.

The affidavit said Freeman became verbally abusive toward the flight attendant and the flight attendant had to took a defensive stance.

Freeman went back to her seat but the attendant requested that a corrections officer who was a passenger on the plane sit next to Freeman.

The attendant then grabbed duct tape and had to stand next to Freeman for the remainder of the flight to prevent her from causing further problems, according to the affidavit.
According to witness reports, Freeman's abusive behavior toward her children was evident even before they boarded the flight. They said that Freeman appeared to be intoxicated and violent towards her children while still in the gate area at the departure station.

Freeman reportedly told investigators that she had slapped her children because they were fighting over a window shade and because they had spilled her drink. She denied throwing a drink, saying she had set it down on the floor on the aisle, but she did admit that she "lost it" during the incident.

According to press reports, Freeman's children have been placed in the custody of family members in California. The judge has ordered that Freeman herself remain in custody at a jail in Jefferson County, Colorado. She faces a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the interference charge, and up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count of assault.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Turbulence injures two American Eagle F/As, one pax

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a report on an incident in which two flight attendants and one passenger were injured during turbulence. The incident happened on the morning of April 28, 2007 aboard an Executive Airlines ATR 72-212, operating as American Eagle Flight 5089 from Nevis Island to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Quoting from the NTSB report:

The Director of Flight Safety for Executive Airlines said that a few minutes after the Captain made the announcement to prepare for the approach to land at San Juan, Puerto Rico, he alerted the flight attendants of the possibility of encountering turbulence, and asked that everyone remain seated.

According to the Director of Safety, the captain then initiated the descent, and the airplane entered a broken layer of clouds, encountering light turbulence, followed by a momentary "jolt" of turbulence. As the airplane encountered the momentary "jolt", both flight attendants who were walking to their seats, and one passenger, who had been in the lavatory, were thrown and received injuries.
The report says that the passenger was injured seriously. The flight attendants' injuries were described as "minor."

Neither the pilots nor any of the other passengers were injured, and the aircraft did not sustain any damage.