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The nation's flight attendants now have one more hour to rest between shifts thanks to a rules change by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced last week.
The FAA issued its final ruling on the Flight Attendant Duty Period Limitations and Rest Requirements, the agency announced on Oct. 4. Flight attendants now receive 10 consecutive hours off between work shifts, up from the previous allowance of nine hours, the FAA reports.
“Flight attendants perform critical safety roles," acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen said in the announcement. "This rule puts them and safety first,” said Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen.
The ruling also implements the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act directive to also increase the rest periods for attendants scheduled to work 14 or fewer hours and to ban the reduction of rest time "in certain circumstances," the report states.
The FAA considered more than 1,000 submitted comments from flight attendants, airlines, and the public, and held two public-comment periods over a total of 105 days since 2019, on its rest requirements prior to issuing the final ruling, the DOT reports.
“Flight attendants, like all essential transportation workers, work hard every day to keep the traveling public safe, and we owe them our full support," DOT Sec. Pete Buttigieg said in the announcement. “This new rule will make it easier for flight attendants to do their jobs, which in turn will keep all of us safe in the air.”
The change will go into effect 30 days after its published in the Federal Register, according to the DOT.