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NYT - Ask a Flight Attendant: Middle-Seat Etiquette, Drunk Passengers and Jet Lag

NYT - Ask a Flight Attendant: Middle-Seat Etiquette, Drunk Passengers and Jet Lag

Old Sep 2, 22, 9:52 pm
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NYT - Ask a Flight Attendant: Middle-Seat Etiquette, Drunk Passengers and Jet Lag

I definitely didnít realize that FAs are only paid when the plane doors are closed. I always believed that my colleagues should be paid for their travel day including wasted time at airport for delays. The idea that a FA isnít paid when theyíre on plane and enduring MX is a shocker.

Is it true that flight attendants donít get paid until the plane starts moving?

That is true. Each airline is slightly different. I am paid as soon as the door closes, and we stop being paid when the door opens. It is also true for pilots.

That means if we show up to work on time and our flight is delayed for three hours, we are not paid for that time. If we board up, have a full plane of passengers and then have a maintenance issue or an air traffic control hold, we are also not paid for that time. However, if we get out on the taxiway and are number 27 in line for takeoff, we do get paid for that.

If a flight cancels, most airlines have cancellation pay that protects us, so we get the pay that was scheduled. Some airlines donít have that protection, though. So trust me: We hate delays and cancellations as much, if not more, than our passengers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/t...e=articleShare
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