By PAUL HAWKINS and BRENT KARLMAN, APAirline employees are being asked to work longer hours and take more responsibility for their health and safety, as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to improve safety at the nation’s busiest airport.
The agency said Wednesday that the change is aimed at making the nation a more reliable air travel destination.
Employees who have a primary health care provider must complete a training program in order to maintain a safe working environment.
The program, called the Aviation Safety Coordination Network, includes an intensive seven-week training for flight attendants, who will be trained to:Airline passengers and baggage handlers must complete an initial training program that includes:How they can improve their safety and comfort levels and ensure they meet their safety standards during flight, the agency said in a statement.
The FAA also said that flight attendants must complete additional training before starting their job, which will include:What they can do to increase their safety, and how they can protect themselves from any potential risks during flight.
“The training will help ensure that flight attendant safety is taken seriously by our industry,” the agency wrote in the statement.
Passengers must also complete additional safety training before boarding their flight.
The FAA said the pilot of a commercial flight, which is responsible for ensuring passengers and crewmembers are properly equipped for the conditions onboard, must also attend the training.
The airline industry, which relies on long-haul flights to generate more than $1 trillion in revenue annually, has been in a steady decline since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Its total annual revenue in 2018 was $14.2 billion, according to data compiled by The Associated Press.
It is also struggling to meet growing demand in Europe, Asia and elsewhere.